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Northumbria celebrates National Apprenticeship Week and invites people to find out more

Friday, 03 March, 2017
Northumbria celebrates National Apprenticeship Week and invites people to find out more

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is marking National Apprenticeship Week 2017 next week by celebrating the much-valued contribution of its apprentices and raising awareness of opportunities available.

The trust – the only NHS organisation to be named in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2016 earlier this year – is holding four events at its sites for people to find out more about its apprenticeship schemes.

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

Widely seen as having one of the best and longest-standing apprenticeship programmes in the NHS, the trust has taken on almost 1,800 apprentices over the last 13 years with many going on to gain employment with Northumbria.

The drop-in events for National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) take place in the restaurants from noon to 2pm at:

  • Northumbria House, Cobalt Business Park on Monday 6 March
  • North Tyneside General Hospital on Tuesday 7 March
  • The Northumbria hospital on Wednesday 8 March
  • Wansbeck General Hospital on Thursday 9 March

The year’s NAW – the 10th event of its kind – takes place from 6 to 10 March. It brings together employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.

The trust is also holding a celebration event on Friday 10 March for all its current apprentices.

Ann Stringer, executive director of human resources and organisational development at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the valuable contribution our apprentices make to our organisation.

“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’ve got so many success stories of apprentices who’ve gone on to promising careers with us and 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 the summer.