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Northumbria Healthcare looks to recruit 50 new apprentices

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Northumbria Healthcare looks to recruit 50 new apprentices

To mark National Apprenticeship Week 2014, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to appoint 50 new apprentices to join one of the NHS’ most successful programmes.

The trust is seeking people to be part of its 9,000-strong team of staff who provide high quality care to people in hospitals and in the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The new recruits would work in a variety of different roles in hospitals, in the community and in office environments.

It’s all part of Northumbria Healthcare’s commitment to grow its own workforce and take on 300 apprentices by next year.

The trust is holding a ‘meet the apprentice’ event today (Wednesday 5 March 2014) for potential apprentices to find out more about the opportunities available.

The recruitment comes as apprentices at the trust are in the running to be named national ‘apprentice team of the year’.

For the first time, the trust is taking part in the Brathay Challenge, the official search to find the best apprentices in the country and is the only health trust participating in the North of England.

Kelly Angus, head of human resources at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Young people have an enormous amount to offer the NHS and here at Northumbria Healthcare apprentices are a key part of our organisation.

“We are passionate about opening up opportunities for them to join us and take their first steps on the road to a promising career with the right help and support.

“Becoming an apprentice is an excellent way of getting a foot in the door of the world of work and learning important skills which will stand young people in good stead for the rest of their working lives.

“By joining us, apprentices will be learning from some of the very best. We also wish our apprentices who are taking part in the challenge the best of luck.”

The trust, which has been running its apprenticeship programme for the last 10 years, is looking for apprentices to work in health and social care, business administration, estates and facilities, catering and supplies.

During the programme, apprentices will receive valuable on-the-job training, have access to a wide range of resources to help them develop and earn while they learn.

Over 95 per cent of Northumbria Healthcare apprentices gain employment with the trust and Elliot Smart is one person who has.

Elliot started as a health apprentice at Northumbria Healthcare in April 2013 and, after successfully completing his apprenticeship, he now works as a healthcare assistant at Wansbeck General Hospital caring for people who have had hip and knee surgery.

Elliot said: “Gaining experience by working on the frontline of healthcare has given me an enormous amount of confidence and motivation. I am always looking for a new challenge and joining Northumbria Healthcare has definitely given me that. No day is ever the same and there is always something happening that will get your adrenaline pumping.

“The support I have received from colleagues in a clinical setting and learning development has really helped me. I have enjoyed every day that I have spent with the trust so far and I was delighted to be able to secure a position in orthopaedics which has been my favourite area.”

The trust also offers 8-16 week introductory schemes to help people into apprentices. So far more than 40 young people have benefitted from this.

As part of the Brathay Challenge, apprentices will be out and about visiting schools and colleges over the next few weeks to raise awareness of becoming an apprentice and the opportunities it presents.

Michael Berry, 18, from North Shields, is one of the apprentices taking part. He said: “Apprenticeships offer many things other alternatives, such as university, can’t. They allow you to earn money whilst you learn and provide you with the chance to enter straight into the working world.

“I’m really pleased to be taking part in the challenge and be in the running to be recognised nationally.”

To find out more about apprenticeships at Northumbria Healthcare contact the learning development team on 0191 203 1415 or email learninganddevelopment@northumbria.nhs.uk

The ‘meet the apprentice’ event is on Wednesday 5 March 2014 from 5pm to 7pm at Northumbria House, Cobalt Business Park, 7-8 Silver Fox Way, North Shields, NE27 0QJ

The Brathay Challenge will be at:

8 March – North Tyneside Council’s ‘get up and go event’, 10.30am – 1.30pm
18 March – Hexham General Hospital, 11am – 2pm
19 March – North Tyneside General Hospital, 11am – 2pm
20 March – Wansbeck General Hospital, 11am – 2pm


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