Ap­pren­tice­ships put hos­pice on map with award

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

EAST Cheshire Hos­pice’s role in help­ing de­velop the next gen­er­a­tion of staff has been recog­nised with a pres­ti­gious award.

The hos­pice was highly com­mended in the new Ap­pren­tice­ship Awards cat­e­gory at the High Sher­iff of Cheshire En­ter­prise Awards in Ch­ester.

Five ap­pren­tices are cur­rently com­plet­ing their ap­pren­tice­ship train­ing at the char­ity, as part of its com­mit­ment to en­cour­age new tal­ent in the health and so­cial care sec­tor.

Jodie Challi­nor and Katy De­war are ap­pren­tice healthcare as­sis­tants, aim­ing to be­come fully qual­i­fied nurses via the hos­pice’s vo­ca­tional train­ing pro­gramme. Jade Slater (kitchen), Kelly Wood (ad­min) and Thomas Wil­liams (ICT) are also part of the govern­ment-funded scheme.

Ali­cia Whit­taker, ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor at the hos­pice, said: “We be­lieve pas­sion­ately in en­gag­ing with young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and cre­at­ing opportunities for them to start their ca­reers.

“We’re de­lighted to re­ceive this award which recog­nises our role help­ing build a work­force fit for the fu­ture. There’s an acute shortage of nurs­ing skills across the coun­try and this scheme is help­ing in a small way to plug that gap.

“We’re pro­vid­ing a path­way to nurs­ing for young peo­ple with a pas­sion for care who’ve never had ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in the care en­vi­ron­ment be­fore.

“It’d take them three years to gain a de­gree at univer­sity, and although it takes a year longer to gain that equiv­a­lent qualification through the vo­ca­tional route, at the same time they’re gain­ing vi­tal clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing along­side highly-skilled col­leagues in a mod­ern hos­pice en­vi­ron­ment.”

High Sher­iff of Cheshire, Kathy Cow­ell OBE DL, said: “It was a de­light to host these busi­ness awards and to see the range of com­pa­nies which en­tered from across the county.

“The com­pa­nies showed clear re­cur­ring themes – such as stan­dards, qual­ity, to­tal fo­cus on the cus­tomer and pas­sion – and it was lovely to cel­e­brate these busi­nesses.”

From left: Learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Ali­cia Whit­taker, ap­pren­tices Jodie Challi­nor, Kelly Wood and Katy De­war, and clin­i­cal oper­a­tions direc­tor He­len Knight with the award

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