Awards celebrate success of NHS apprentices at Gloucestershire Hospitals


The successes and achievements of dedicated and hard working apprentices working in the NHS in the South West have been recognised at an awards ceremony.

It is the third year of the NHS Apprenticeship Awards in the region which were set up by the South West Strategic Health Authority, Skills for Health and the National Apprenticeship Service. 

The awards mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week which runs until Friday 15 March 2013.

Over 200 nominations were made by employers, apprentices and others associated with the health sector and the awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Learning and Research Centre at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. 

Bridget Campbell, who has completed her apprenticeship in Team Leading at Level 2, said “I have embraced the opportunities that the apprenticeship has presented to me and it has given me confidence to apply for the Deputy Catering Manager’s post which I have recently been appointed to”.

Learning and Skills Development Manager Wendy Collins won the Mentor/ Buddy/ Champion Award for her role in promoting and supporting apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Head of Lifelong Learning at Gloucestershire Hospitals, Lucy Blandford nominated Wendy and Bridget:

“Wendy and Bridget have been successful in gaining awards but I was proud to nominate apprentices from the September Healthcare Assistant cohort who have been supporting the Lifelong Learning team and are an inspiration to others and members of the portering team who have developed their supervisory skills and taken on new responsibilities in their departments.

“Gloucestershire Hospitals employs apprentices an expanding range of departments in IT, Business and Administration and Healthcare Assistant roles.”

Mark Howard, South West Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:
“The Health Awards Ceremony has been a fantastic and enjoyable event for everyone.  “It has been a pleasure to meet such hard working individuals and recognise their achievements across a wide range of disciplines and areas of the NHS.

“By acknowledging the training opportunities in the region and rewarding the learners, we hope to encourage more individuals and organisations to take part in these awards in the future.  They are a true celebration of success”.