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Elliot climbing the career ladder thanks to Northumbria apprenticeship

Wednesday, 07 March, 2018
Elliot climbing the career ladder thanks to Northumbria apprenticeship

Nursing assistant Elliot Smart is one Northumbria employee who would not be where he is today without the trust’s apprenticeship programme.

Elliot, from Northumberland, is one of the many apprentices Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has supported into employment.

Elliot, 23, 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.”

The trust has taken on over 1,900 apprentices over the last 14 years with many going on to gain employment with Northumbria.

Northumbria offers apprenticeship programmes in health and social care and business administration with apprentices working across the trust’s sites in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The trust is holding drop-in events for National Apprenticeship Week 2018, which will take place in the restaurants from noon to 2pm at:

  • Hexham General Hospital on Wednesday 7th March
  • Northumbria House in Cobalt Business Park on Thursday 8th March

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “For more than a decade, apprenticeships have been a key part of our trust with more than 1,000 apprentices joining us over the years and helping us to develop as an organisation.

“As a trust, we’re passionate about growing our own workforce and opening up opportunities for young people and we’d encourage anyone who’s interested in finding out more to come along to our events.

“We’re committed to giving our apprentices as much support as possible to help them take their first steps into the world of work.”

The trust recruits apprentices throughout the year with the next posts due to be advertised on NHS Jobs in April.