The 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is running between March 5-9. During the awareness week, employers and apprentices from across England are coming together to celebrate the successes of apprenticeships, while also aiming to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.
To find out more about what NELFT has to offer, we spoke to Angie Singer (Talent for Care Project Manager & CPD Co-Ordinator):
It’s National Apprenticeships Week from March 5-9, what events have we got on at NELFT?
Firstly, I am always on hand to help where I can, it could be finding the right Apprenticeship course for staff development, or converting a vacancy into an Apprenticeship role. Staff can email me at any time for advice and guidance. There is also a lot of information and guidance on the intranet under the People Zone, Training and Development.
Our events are:
Wednesday 7 March:
Hawk Training will be presenting on the Management Apprenticeships and the Business Admin Apprenticeships. I will also be there to take any questions afterwards.
Friday 9 March:
I am holding 1-2-1 sessions with staff on their apprentice options. These are by appointment only – please email me to secure booking.
Why should people consider NELFT when looking for an apprenticeship?
The Apprenticeship scheme is still very new to the NHS. Staff will be able to apply for Apprenticeship job roles or join a programme as part of their current role, to go further in their career.
NELFT has £1.2 million invested into the Apprenticeship scheme. A skills escalator has been developed that will show staff (and those looking to join NELFT) how you can progress. More Apprenticeship standards are being developed nationally so the choice of options for staff will grow over time.Health Education England recognise there are skill gaps and recruitment issues within the NHS and these Apprenearly 17 years and this Apprenticeship Scheme is a very different way to recruiting, developing and progressing - but what a great way to give staff that opportunity!
What have been the experiences of people who have been apprentices so far?
Almost anyone you ask thinks an Apprenticeship is for a school leaver, who isn’t really sure what they want to do for work and where to take their career. But slowly people are realising that Apprenticeships are for anyone and everyone that wants to either develop in their current job role or gain qualifications and experience to move along in the NHS career.
The feedback from staff has been great! Some people have found it hard to juggle work and study to begin with, however with support; they build confidence and are able to get into the flow. If you haven’t studied for a while, taking on study can be daunting.
Apprenticeships are work-based learning, so what you do in your day to day makes up the majority of the work needed for the Apprenticeship (like NVQs used to be).
For the Business Admin Apprenticeships, staff have got together as ‘Buddies’ to look through the unit work and bounce ideas off each other. The tutor for this standard, Jamie, meets with NELFT staff regularly to go through their work, observe and guide learners.
Depending on which Apprenticeship Standard staff enrol on to, they might also be asked to attend University or College. The programme is given well in advance so staff can discuss with their Line Manager.
How do people apply for apprenticeships?
For staff who would like to apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy, please look out for information in the weekly roundup, the intranet and NHS jobs. Apprenticeship job vacancies will be advertised as any vacant post would be and people can apply in that same way. The recruitment process will also be the same, whereby staff will be shortlisted, interviewed etc.
Thanks to Angie for her comments and Sonya Newby for her support.
To read more about Apprenticeships, visit the dedicated NELFT website page at: www.nelft.nhs.uk/nelft-apprenticeship
For information and vacancies at NELFT, visit the Work for Us page at: www.nelft.nhs.uk/work-for-us