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Top award for NHS apprenticeship scheme

Friday, 09 August, 2019
Top award for NHS apprenticeships scheme

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust in the North East to receive the prestigious Skills for Health Quality Mark for its delivery of apprenticeship programmes.

The trust has one of the largest and most successful apprenticeship programmes in the NHS, providing full support and on-the-job training to young people looking to kick-start their careers. The scheme offers the opportunity to gain experience working within hospital, community and office-based environments. More than 95% of Northumbria’s apprentices go on to employment, mostly within the trust or the wider NHS.

On receiving the award, chief executive at Northumbria Healthcare, Sir James Mackey, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of our apprenticeship team. I’m delighted to receive this award, which has been achieved through their hard work and dedication. We have such a strong commitment to creating employment opportunities for young people in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

“Our apprentices really are an asset to our organisation, always showing enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them, and all of the team, for continuing to make Northumbria a truly inspiring place to work.”

Northumbria excelled in all of the four areas of the awards criteria including ethics and values, health sector engagement/awareness, learning excellence and effectiveness of quality assurance arrangements.

Lynn Atkin, network services manager at Skills for Health, presenting the award said:

“It gives me great pleasure to present this award to Northumbria Healthcare. The trust has truly gone above and beyond to support and develop its apprentices. Not everyone wants to go down the academic route into work and these apprenticeship schemes are an important opportunity for many young people to gain vital skills for their future.”

The trust is an Apprenticeship Trailblazer and is part of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network which sends ambassadors across the country as real-life case studies to promote the opportunities these schemes can provide.

Sir James said: “Apprentices are a vital part of our workforce and we are looking forward to welcoming the new cohort in October.”

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