Emma, from Teesside, joined NEAS last January as a clinical care assistant apprentice, after 11 years working in a challenging behaviour unit.
Knowing the degree-route wasn't for her, and needing to work full time, Emma said: "The apprenticeship benefits me in a way that means I can earn a full wage, learn, and then get into a position that means I can progress if I want to.
"There's so much I like about working for NEAS. I like the fact that there's room for progression. The training school is fantastic, and they support you all the way through the apprenticeship. And my colleagues, they are the people that make NEAS a great place to work, they're caring and passionate and support you on the road, especially when you're new."