National Apprenticeship Week

Posted: March 5, 2019

Find out more about the range of apprentices available at GWH

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants to highlight the great apprenticeship opportunities it offers. For many people, learning on the job is a more effective way to study and achieve a qualification and as apprentices develop in their roles, they are eventually able to carry out tasks unsupervised and are considered an important part of the Great Western workforce. 

The Trust offers a range of apprenticeship schemes in a variety of areas from nursing to healthcare assistant or admin and clerical. On-the-job learning gives apprentices the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of senior staff to support their work towards achieving a nationally accredited qualification.

At the moment, the Trust has more than 140 apprentices based either at the hospital or in the community. 49 of these are new to their role, and the remainder are existing staff who are working towards further career development.

From April 2017 to March 2021, the government is requiring public bodies with 250 or more staff in England to employ an average of 2.3% of their headcount as new apprentices. Between 2017 and 2018 the Trust exceeded the national average and was the 10th highest achiever out of 250 listed healthcare services.

There are a number of benefits to joining an apprenticeship at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, from a free bus pass to NHS discounts. The NHS also offers a competitive salary and great pension scheme.

Nicola Green, Apprenticeship Lead at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We offer so many apprenticeships in areas such as finance, recruitment, training, Emergency Department and many of our inpatient wards.

"We can support our apprentices in all areas of their study, both in the practical learning and during their educational study days. We would encourage anybody looking into an apprenticeship to give us a ring and find out more."

Justin Tomlinson MP, said: "Apprenticeships provide excellent opportunities for people to develop new skills, begin a career and earn whilst they learn. Not only are they a real alternative to University, but they are also accessible to people of all ages.

"Here in Swindon, we have seen 12,000 new apprenticeships created since 2010, and it is fantastic to see a huge variety of organisations like the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provide these invaluable, life-changing opportunities.

"During National Apprenticeship Week, we rightly give credit to the hardworking apprentices and the fantastic providers & organisations, as well as look to inspire the next wave of people who want to explore the exciting opportunities available to them by choosing an apprenticeship."

Anybody interested in applying for an apprenticeship should visit the NHS Jobs website to see all available positions.


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