NHS Trust opens a door for apprentices

Posted: February 12 2016

A new career path is leading apprentices into a local NHS Trust for the first time.

NHS Trust opens a door for apprentices

Lara Nugent, health and social care apprentice.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust has appointed 10 apprentices over the last four months – seven in business administration roles and three in health and social care positions – across the county.

The Trust is working collaboratively with other partners to offer apprenticeships as a way for young people to earn while they learn, in a job which they gain a qualification and the chance of future employment.

Lara Nugent, 19, of Cheshunt, is one of the three health and social care apprentices, and works at the Danesbury Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Welwyn.

She said: “I went to University for a few months but I really didn’t get on with it. I am really interested in nursing so I began researching further into it.

“It was my mum who mentioned an apprenticeship and after looking into it I applied for a health and social care position. I had a couple of interviews until a final phone call gave me the news that I had been successful with a position at Danesbury.”

Lara works three-times-a-week, each shift lasting 12.5 hours.

She said: “I shadow a healthcare assistant on my shift and learn from them how to deal with basic patient care. This involves washing, feeding, hoisting and general monitoring to make sure they are comfortable and happy. 

“The best part about it is no-one holds your hand, you are expected to learn and then do which really helps to progress your own skills.”

Each apprentice will work with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace.

Sammie Fong, 19, of St Albans, is a business administration apprentice at the Trust’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City.

She said: “I chose to do a gap year and try something different. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a real insight to how the NHS works.

“I have been involved in a variety of work such as setting up webpages and organising events. I find learning on the job an easier way of developing skills and remembering them.”

Each apprentice is currently on a 12-month contract, where they will either gain a level two or three apprenticeship qualification – this includes:

  • National vocational qualification (NVQ)
  • Knowledge-based qualification
  • Functional skills qualifications such as maths, English, or ICT
  • Technical certificate.

Christina McEneny, Apprenticeship and Overseas Nurses Project Coordinator, said: “As a Trust we are committed to up-skilling the local community and play a proactive role in providing future job opportunities within the county.”

To search for all apprenticeship vacancies available at the Trust, click here

To have an informal discussion about apprenticeships at the Trust email Christina.McEneny@hct.nhs.uk

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