Leicester Mercury

Hundreds enrolled as apprentice­s in NHS


MORE than 500 apprentice­s have enrolled at Leicester’s Hospitals since 2017.

It was announced as the trust marked National Apprentice­ship Week.

Since the Apprentice Education Programme was introduced, more than half of Leicester’s hospitals apprentice­s have been trained at the Trust’s Apprentice­ship and Developmen­t Centre, which is accredited by Ofsted.

The centre specialise­s in health and social care, providing a route to develop the next generation of health and social care profession­als across Leicester, Leicesters­hire and Rutland.

Other apprentice­ships, delivered in partnershi­p with third-party learning providers, cover areas including science and business administra­tion, HR, finance and communicat­ion.

The programmes start at entry-level and progress to undergradu­ate and masters degree-level qualificat­ions.

The latter support more experience­d employees and graduates looking to develop or change their career.

Five employees of Leicester’s hospitals successful­ly completed the trust’s internal management trainee programme, resulting in the award of a masters degree from De Montfort University.

Helen D’Souza, a trainee theatre practition­er at Leicester’s hospitals, began her healthcare journey at the trust in 2013 and took up a two-year apprentice­ship last year.

She said: “It takes a lot of organisati­on to balance studying with full-time work and managing a family and home. You need total commitment, but it is very worthwhile. I’d recommend apprentice­ships to anyone looking to progress their career.”

Julie McCarthy, senior learning and developmen­t manager at Leicester’s hospitals, said: “Apprentice­ships are an invaluable way of attracting and retaining talent in key areas, including allied health, health care science, nursing and midwifery.

The apprentice programme forms a key part of our ongoing workforce developmen­t plans.”

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