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A £1.1 million drive has being launched by Wirral University Teaching Hospital with a range of exciting new apprenticeship opportunities.
From April 2017, as part of the Government Apprenticeship Reforms, Wirral University Teaching Hospital will be providing apprenticeships in roles such as Healthcare Assistants, Laboratory Assistants, Pharmacy Assistants, Physiotherapy Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Business and Clinical administration posts as well as a range of other opportunities.
The Government has a target to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 and Wirral University Teaching Hospital as Wirral's largest employer is leading the way locally in delivering employment opportunities for young people and developing existing staff through apprenticeships to enhance patient care.
The Trust currently has 75 apprentices and building on the success of the current apprenticeship programme will be looking to take on 50 young apprentices over the next 12 months. As part of the Trust’s commitment to investing in the development of staff and ensuring they receive the necessary training to excel in their role and provide the best care for our patients, the Trust will also be supporting existing staff into a range of apprenticeship opportunities, from Level 2 to degree level programmes.
Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “The NHS is a great place to work, providing people with the best care possible while enjoying a rewarding career. I’ve been working for this Trust for 30 years and I could not think of a more fulfilling and caring place to work.
“The hundreds of apprentices who have joined our Trust in recent years have played an important role in helping us to deliver patient care. Anyone who is thinking of a career in healthcare and in an environment where they will be well supported is urged to consider one of our apprenticeships.”
Libby Webster, 19, from Liscard, (pictured) is now one step towards reaching her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, thanks to her apprenticeship. At 17 she started her NHS career with an apprenticeship as a Validation Business Clerk at the Trust in September 2015, completing a Level 2 Business Diploma with Wirral Met College. She was taken on as a CSW in December last year and is now working towards a diploma in care working, after which she hopes to go on and complete a degree in nursing. Libby said: “It’s my ambition to be a nurse. That’s my next step, to go to university and do nursing. “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. It took a while because I couldn’t get in the usual route so I had to do something completely different.
"Doing an apprenticeship got my foot in the door to the NHS. I got to work closely with doctors and nurses and it made me want to be a nurse even more. I’ve met so many nice people and I already know so many staff. I would say to people to definitely try an apprenticeship because once you’re in the NHS you’ve always got your apprenticeship behind you. It opens doors, it did for me. The contact and communication from the local college is amazing. There is so much support from the hospital and the college, which keeps you motivated.”
Apprenticeship Open Day 2017 a great success!
On Monday 6th March, around 540 young people interested in a career in healthcare attended the Apprenticeship Open Day at Arrowe Park Hospital, which also marked the start of National Apprenticeship Week.
The open day offered young people aged 16 to 24 the chance to access a wide range of helpful information and guidance on how to apply for apprenticeship vacancies as well as advice on how to embark on a career in the NHS. They also had opportunities to speak to staff, existing apprentices and Wirral Metropolitan College tutors.
Louise Murphy (pictured far right), 17, from Oxton, went along to the event with her mum, Sharon, who works in our Continuing Care team, to find out about the Trust’s apprenticeship opportunities. She explained: “My mum works for the NHS and I’d love to follow in her footsteps. I’m currently doing my A-Levels and after that, I’m interested in having a career in Pharmacy or Occupational Health. It’s been great to meet some of the staff from the hospital today and I’m taking away lots of really useful information that will be a great help going forward.”
As Wirral's largest employer, we are leading the way locally in delivering employment opportunities for young people. If you’d like further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org