Apprentices of all ages and at different stages in their careers have been celebrating opportunities to climb the career ladder at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) during National Apprenticeship Week.
The Trust’s apprentices joined forces during the 10th anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, which ran from 6 to 10 March 2017, to showcase the impact apprenticeships can have on the Trust and on helping boost people’s careers.
The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week focused on the ‘ladder of opportunity,’ and the progression routes of apprenticeships, from traineeships through to higher and degree-level apprenticeships.
Helen Thomas, Head of Learning, Development and Education at TRFT, said: “Our apprentices really are an asset to the Trust because they are enthusiastic, keen to learn, hardworking and have the caring and compassionate attitude we look for in our colleagues at TRFT.
“With their support promoting National Apprenticeship Week this week, the Learning and Development Team has received lots of enquiries from existing colleagues and members of the public asking for information about the types of apprenticeships we offer and how they can find out how to apply themselves or pass information onto their family and friends.
“Apprenticeships are not just ideal for young people looking for an alternative to attending college or university. They can be a great opportunity for people of any age looking for their next step on the career ladder.”
To mark National Apprenticeship Week, apprentices from both clinical and non-clinical roles throughout the Trust have been manning an information stall in Rotherham Hospital’s reception area to spread the word about apprenticeships at the Trust.
More than 20 apprentices currently work at the Trust with a further 30 beginning their roles in May.
Simone Davis, 30, has worked as an apprentice Clinical Support Worker for the Trust since June 2016, working on the Coronary Care Unit and the Cardiac Catheter Suite. She won the Apprentice of the Year accolade at the Trust’s Recognition of Learning Awards in 2016.
She said: “When I’m in Coronary Care I help look after patients and their personal care, make beds, manage equipment and prescriptions. And when I’m in the Cardiac Catheter Suite I assist with angiograms and catheters and I do blood pressure checks.
“My apprenticeship has been a brilliant opportunity and the perfect way for me to start my nursing career. I’ve enjoyed everything about it, especially working with such lovely teams who are always willing to help. It even makes getting up at 5am worth it!
Chelsea Goodwin, 28, started as an Apprentice Administrator in Medical Staffing and is now a Medical Workforce Advisor. She said: “The NHS is an organisation I always wanted to work for because it’s something I really believe in. My apprenticeship was the best thing I’ve ever done and I love working for the Trust. I would definitely recommend apprenticeships to other people because you learn and earn while you’re working.”
Taryn Camron, 20, an apprentice Health Care Support Worker on the Surgical Assessment Unit, added: “The best part of my apprenticeship is talking to patients. They can often feel quite vulnerable after surgery and I find it an absolute privilege to look after them. My apprenticeship has been brilliant and I’d like to do my level three in Health and Social Care once it’s over.”
For more information about apprenticeship opportunities at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust please contact Helen Thomas, Head of Learning, Development & Education, or Sarah Hawley, Vocational and Specialist Skills Post Registration Development Administrative Lead, on 01709 424539 or Learning.Development@rothgen.nhs.uk
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