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Meet the Apprentice


Elliot Smart, 23, from Northumberland

Elliot is one of the many apprentices Northumbria Healthcare has supported into employment. Elliot completed a healthcare apprenticeship in 2014, enabling him to gain the necessary qualifications to embark on an adult nursing degree with The Open University, which is being completely funded by the trust.

He said: “The help and support I have gained from being an apprentice all the way through to where I am today as a nursing assistant with the trust at Wansbeck General Hospital and student nurse has been second to none.

“The apprenticeship allowed me to gain valuable experience such as care skills while building my confidence and communication skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team and improve the care that I provide to patients.”


Alastair Parkinson, 23, from North Shields

“I joined the trust in 2013 as a Business Administration Apprentice within the communications team. After completion of my level 2 NVQ I was able to secure a full time permanent job within the patient experience team and also given the opportunity to continue my professional development and progress onto my level 3 NVQ. Three years on, I am currently in the second year of my Foundation Degree in NHS Service Improvement.

“Joining the trust as an apprentice was a great way for me to get into the world of work, learn and grow as an individual while being offered a wealth of support and experience from my colleagues within the organisation. It has got me where I am today and allowed me not only to fulfill my intentions of having a positive impact on patient care, but to progress onto higher education and develop myself professionally and academically. I have no regrets; it has granted me many opportunities and opened many doors that may have otherwise been shut!”


Mandy Armstrong, 27, from Gateshead 

“I joined the trust as an apprentice in 2013 and was placed within estates and facilities department. During my apprenticeship, I gained an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration. I was then successful in applying for a permanent position within the estates office at North Tyneside General Hospital and took the opportunity to complete an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.

“I am now into my second year studying the Foundation Degree in NHS Service Improvement Learning through the trust and Northumbria University. I have recently been offered a secondment working in trust management, where I am gaining lots of experience and learning lots of new skills; whilst also putting what I was taught in my apprenticeship into practice. I am very grateful for the opportunities the trust has given me and I would encourage other people who are looking to develop themselves to apply.”

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