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Northumbria looks beyond for apprenticeships – find out more at event

Tuesday, 28 January, 2020
Northumbria looks beyond for apprenticeships – find out more at event

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking beyond for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 next week and inviting people to find out more about the opportunities available.

The trust is hosting an open evening for anyone interested in learning more about apprenticeships and dispelling the myths surrounding them. Being held on Wednesday 5 February at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, interested people will be able to get more details and meet current and former apprentices, from various organisations.


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. Applications for apprenticeships in health and social care and business, with a customer service focus, at the trust will open on Friday 31 January – visit


The trust is also promoting its apprenticeships at events at The Sage, Gateshead, and across the organisation throughout the week.


This year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which runs 3-9 February, is themed #LookBeyond and will highlight the benefits of apprenticeships to employers, individuals, local communities and the economy.


Eve Horton is one of many Northumbria Healthcare apprentices who has been inspired by the experience.


After finishing her A-levels, Eve wanted to go to university to study midwifery however she was declined because of her lack of experience, and she feared she would never be able to pursue her dream job of becoming a midwife.


Seeing an apprenticeship advertised on NHS Jobs, she became a healthcare support worker at North Tyneside General Hospital, Eve said: “I entered doubting that the apprenticeship would actually benefit me in my future, but now I have a completely different opinion and my dream to become a midwife can become a reality.


“Having hands-on experience in a working environment has boosted my confidence and communication skills. These opportunities have allowed me to understand that university straight from school isn’t always the answer.


“I recommend anyone to come to the event on 5 February to gain an insight in to the options available, because becoming an apprentice has been one of the best decisions I have made.”


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, promoting the value apprenticeships bring to the apprentice and employer.


“At Northumbria, we certainly ‘look beyond’ the stereotypes associated with apprenticeships and apprentices are an integral part of growing our own workforce. As one of the most established and successful programmes in the NHS, we have diverse options for all over 16s, and we support them every step of the way.


“We’re passionate about giving people across Northumberland and North Tyneside the opportunity to build their career with us and we would encourage anyone interested to come along on 5 February to find out more about our varied and rewarding programmes.”

Media contact:

Eliza Burke – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1295 / 07966490736