We're supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2016

We currently employ 77 apprentices and together in 17 different roles.

Gloucestershire Hospital’s Head of Lifelong Learning Lucy Blandford explains: 

“Good quality education and development are fundamental to providing are services and in particular, to continually improving the experience of patients.  At Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to providing education, training and development that enable us to deliver safe, dignified and compassionate care. 

“In the past year, 83% of our apprentice Healthcare Assistants secured employment at either our Trust or elsewhere.  Staff progression and access to further relevant learning is important for our Organisation and our apprentices across different job roles and different apprenticeship frameworks have secured employment and progressed to higher level apprenticeship qualifications”. 

Liam Southgate is on his Level 3 Apprenticeship at Little Oaks Nursery at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.  Last year he completed his first year at Little Oaks and whilst undertaking this, he won Apprentice of the Year at the Gloucestershire Media Awards. He said he would encourage other young people to consider apprenticeships at Gloucestershire Hospitals: 

“Compared to university it is a lot more practical. With my apprenticeship, as soon as I learn the theory, I can put it into practice straight away and this makes it stick; plus you are earning money, which at the end of the day always helps. My colleagues have been really supportive and are always available to talk. My apprenticeship has opened up completely new career options”.

Professional Education Administrator and former apprentice Ryan Brunsdon has been with the Trust since 2013 and has now completed his Level 3 Business and Admin qualification and is currently studying for his Level

 3 teaching qualification. He has now secured permanent employment and is planning to undertake a Level 4 qualification over the next two years, so is a really good example of how our apprentices can ‘rise to the top.’

Ryan explains why he would recommend an apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Hospitals: 

“My apprenticeship has allowed me the working/learning balance that I needed for my progression and development.  It has given me a variety of opportunities that I did not think I would have at such an early age of my career. I strongly advise anyone to consider doing an apprenticeship.” 

Award winning apprenticeships

At the Health Education England South West Star Awards (held on 15th March 2016) our Lifelong Learning Apprentice Jack Mills won Intermediate Apprentice of the Year.

We are particularly proud of Jack who started with us on a traineeship programme with the Lifelong Lea-

rning Department (A traineeship is an opportunity for young people to gain skills and secure valuable work experience). The team were impressed by Jack’s commitment to his work experience placement and offered him a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship - so he really is a worthy winner!

Meanwhile, would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate our apprentices Sarah Jayne Hooper and Chevonne Smith who were also shortlisted for awards, as well as our Leadership and Development Team’s Michelle Bevan and Nick Oxlade and Lucy Mathieson. 

Further information

Email Lifelong.LearningTeam@glos.nhs.uk or ring 0300 422 5176 for further information about Apprenticeships