Get your NHS career off to a flying start by becoming an apprentice

Posted: March 16, 2016

Trust celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (14-18 March), Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is highlighting how you can start your career in the NHS by becoming an apprentice.

Apprenticeships have been available at the Trust since September 2014 and new recruits are employed in areas such as Human Resources, Administration and Finance.

Apprenticeships are an alternative to traditional academic qualifications and can be used to meet entry requirements for some degree courses.

Apprentices are employed by the Trust and earn a regular wage, but continue their education (such as QCF Level 2, QCF Level 3 or Foundation Degree) at the same time. Around 100 Trust staff are currently working towards an apprenticeship qualification.

Nicola Green, Training and Development Lead for the Wider Workforce, said: "Great Western Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust is one of an increasing number of employers welcoming apprentices, giving you more opportunities than ever to get into an NHS work environment.

"Our goal is for young people to see apprenticeships as a path to successful careers within the NHS and some of our first apprentices have gone on to secure a permanent post within Great Western Hospital.

"Apprenticeships also deliver significant benefits to our organisation, improving quality of service, increasing productivity and raising skill levels."

'I have learnt so much'

Becoming an apprentice is a great way to start your career, particularly if you feel that staying on at school or going to college isn't right for you.

Jenny Fotheringham left school at 16 and has been a Business Administration Apprentice in the Academy at Great Western Hospital since September 2014. She said: "Being only 16 and going straight into such a large and well known organisation was quite daunting but I'm so happy I did.

"An apprenticeship has provided me with more than a qualification and something to stick on my CV, it has made me more confident as a person and I have learnt so much knowledge and new skills which will be valuable to me throughout my working life."

Georgie Horgan became a Finance Apprentice in January after deciding that she wanted to leave college. She said: "Little did I know how much I would get out of being an apprentice, guiding me in the right direction of my chosen career as well as providing me with experience within a functioning workplace.

"I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, they offer valuable experience, an insight to a working environment and you can have a recognised qualification afterwards."

You can read more about Jenny and Georgie's experiences in the Working for Us section of the Trust website. 

Find out more

All apprenticeship vacancies at the Trust are advertised on  NHS Jobs. If you have any questions about apprenticeships at the Trust, please email them to  apprenticeships@gwh.nhs.uk  

School leavers and college students are invited to an information event about apprenticeships on Thursday 5 May. The event will be held from 4pm-6.30pm in the Academy at Great Western Hospital and will be a chance to find out more about the programme and meet managers and trainers. Email apprenticeships@gwh.nhs.uk to register your interest. 

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