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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Where are they now?

NAME: Niki Barr


Business Administration Apprentice, Accident and Emergency Department

At the age of 19 Niki was looking forward to a career with the NHS. She worked through an apprenticeship in Business and Administration in the Accident and Emergency Department at the Wirral University Teaching Hospital. Niki was educated at West Kirby Grammar School. Whilst studying for her A’ levels she considered her choices of employment and further education.

“I was studying for my A Levels. When I looked at the opportunities when I left school, I considered applying for Universities and working towards a degree. However when I looked at the Apprenticeship scheme I saw an opportunity to gain invaluable work based experience, gain a qualification and the potential for a career path. I was amazed how many different apprenticeships were available. I love working with people and really wanted it to be the start of a career, which is why I went for the NHS. I really wanted the apprenticeship to be the launch of a career.”

For Niki the most attractive part was the opportunity to develop her skills working in an extremely busy Accident and Emergency department with the real feeling of supporting the medical staff and helping people in need. 


2013 - Business Admin L2

2014 - Business Admin L3

2015 - Care Certificate, 1 day a week on Wards and Aspects of Level 3 Health Qualification 

2016 - School of Nursing


Niki has just completed a permanent post with the Stroke Data Team and started her Nurse training at university in September 2016.


NAME: Rosie Jones


HR Apprentice, HROD  

Rosie began in the trust as a HR Apprentice in December 2011 and over the next year worked closely with HR Managers and members of staff within the hospital. This involved dealing with recruitment, confidential staff information, restructuring and the skills to maximize use of ESR. During her time in the post she supported eight HR Manager and became involved in aspects of training. She was responsible for a group of 24 staff, their work rota, leave and any absences.

Rosie successfully completed her Business Administration Apprenticeship with the support of her Wirral Met tutor and colleagues as well as the peer mentoring of other apprentices.

Exposure across the Trust allowed her to explore other roles and she became attracted to a role in midwifery. She applied for an administration post with the Community Midwifery team who supported her in learning more about the clinical role and completed an Access course in 2014-15


2012 - Business Admin L2 

2013 - Business Admin L3

2014 - Access to Nursing

2015 - School of Midwifery


Rosie started her midwifery training in September 2015.