Published on Monday 06 March 2017
Hundreds of young people interested in a career in healthcare have attended an Apprenticeship Open Day at Arrowe Park Hospital today (Monday 6th March) at the start of National Apprenticeship Week.
Wirral University Teaching Hospital recently launched a £1.1 million apprenticeship drive with a range of exciting new opportunities for young people aged 16-24. From April 2017, as part of the Government Apprenticeship Reforms, the Trust 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 popular event offered young people 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.
Janelle Holmes, Chief Operating Officer for the Trust, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to this event and I’m delighted that so many people are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available. Working for the NHS is very rewarding and our apprenticeships offer a very fulfilling career path in a supportive environment that really encourages people to reach their full potential.
“As Wirral's largest employer, we are leading the way locally in delivering employment opportunities for young people and developing our existing staff through apprenticeships to enhance patient care. We currently have 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. “
Louise Murphy, 17, from Oxton went along to the event with her mum, Sharon, 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 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 to patients, the Trust will also be supporting existing staff into a range of apprenticeship opportunities, from Level 2 to degree level programmes.
If you were unable to get a place for the Apprenticeships Open Day but would like to know more, please email wih-tr.Apprenticeships@nhs.net.
Top: WUTH Apprentices with Chief Operating Officer, Janelle Holmes (centre), and Stephanie Thomas and Laura Allen from the Trust’s Leadership and Development Team.
Bottom: Louise Murphy, 18 from Oxton (right) with her mum Sharon getting some helpful information from one of the Trust’s Occupational Health team.