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Northumbria blazes a trail for apprenticeships – find out more at event

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019
Northumbria blazes a trail for apprenticeships – find out more at event

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is blazing a trail for National Apprenticeship Week 2019 next week and inviting people to find out more about the opportunities available.

The trust is recruiting people to join its business administration and healthcare apprenticeship programmes and is holding an event on Wednesday 6 March at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside where interested people can get more details and meet current and former apprentices.

The event, part of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network, is from 5pm to 7pm at Northumbria House, 7/8 Silver Fox Way, NE27 0QJ – visit or contact 0191 203 1415 to book a place.

Northumbria Healthcare runs one of the largest and most successful apprenticeship programmes in the NHS with more than 95 per cent of its apprentices gaining employment with the trust or wider NHS.

The trust is also promoting its apprenticeships at events in hospitals, workplaces and  communities throughout the week.

This year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which runs 4-8 March, is themed #BlazeATrail and will highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.

Rebecca Mould is one of the many Northumbria Healthcare apprentices who have gone on to secure employment at the trust.

After leaving Whitley Bay High School in 2014 at the age of 16, Rebecca started on the business apprenticeship programme.

Working in the human resources department, she completed the level 2 programme then embarked on a level 3 qualification run by Derwentside College. She now has a permanent position with the trust working on the helpdesk dealing with a range of enquiries from staff.

She was awarded ‘Excellence in the Business Administration Apprenticeship’ at Derwentside College’s annual achievement awards at the end of last year.

Rebecca, 20, said: “I simply wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t done the apprenticeship programmes.

“While it was daunting to go into an office environment straight from school, looking back it was the best thing I could have done and it’s given me invaluable experience of working in the NHS.

“I’m really pleased that I’m being able to build my career with Northumbria Healthcare and would encourage others thinking about doing an apprenticeship to come along to the event and find out more.”

Chloe Roberts also has a permanent role with the trust following an apprenticeship.

After completing a healthcare apprenticeship programme working on a respiratory ward and in theatres, Chloe got a job as a nursing assistant in the emergency department at The Northumbria hospital.

Chloe, 19, said: “Doing an apprenticeship has been incredibly useful for me. It gave me great experience of working in a clinical environment and the confidence to pursue a career in healthcare.

“It has certainly stood me in good stead and I love my new role working in the emergency department.

“An apprenticeship has been great for me and I would encourage others thinking about doing one to come along to the event and find out more.”

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s National Apprenticeship Week and promote the many benefits that completing an apprenticeship can bring.

“At Northumbria, we certainly ‘blaze a trail’ with one of the most established and successful programmes in the NHS and an excellent track-record of apprentices gaining permanent employment.

“It’s all part of growing our own workforce and we’re passionate about opening up opportunities to people across Northumberland and North Tyneside. We’d urge people to come along on 6 March to find out more about our varied and rewarding programmes.”

Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680