When you think of the role of a traditional apprentice, it is probably very different to the opportunities available today.
Over the last year the government has modernised and relaunched the apprenticeship scheme; it’s open to anyone over the age of 16 with different levels available. Intermediate Level 2 is the equivalent of a GCSE qualification and it goes through to Levels 6 & 7 which is on par with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
The common thread of all apprenticeships is the opportunity to access on-the-job, practical training with the time to study whilst earning a wage.
Learning & Development Manager, Judith Thompson, said: “We currently have 5 apprentices at the Trust, working in different roles and departments. Apprenticeships are open to both new and existing staff and we have some exciting opportunities on the horizon for Healthcare Support Workers and Nursing degrees. Anyone who would like to know more should contact the Learning & Development team.”
Judith also wants to encourage colleagues to think about creating apprenticeship opportunities within their service. She says: “When looking to recruit it’s always worth considering if an apprenticeship would be suitable. From my experience, apprentices offer a fresh perspective, energy and enthusiasm and quickly become valuable members of the team.”
Meet Amy Charlton
Amy is an apprentice in our gastroenterology team, working as a secretary and completing her Level 3 qualification in Business and Administration. She started working at the Trust in October last year and prior to this spent four years studying Musical Theatre at The Brits School in London, which she is still very interested in and continues to produce music and audition for parts.
Amy said: ‘After leaving college I wanted to do something that would give me solid work experience and where I could gain a qualification at the same time. This is a perfect fit, I love the team I work with who are very supportive. We all have a laugh and are busy all of the time! Patient queries are all different so the job is varied and I keep learning. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking of doing one.’