Over 65 Trust staff were inspired to find out how apprenticeships can make a difference to their roles following National Apprenticeship Week 2023 (6 – 12 February).
Staff aiming to progress their careers through apprenticeships and managers looking to recruit apprentices contacted the Trust’s dedicated apprenticeships facilitator, Jen Richmond, throughout the week.
The Trust held a week full of events for staff to discover what taking part in an apprenticeship can offer. Sessions included lunchtime drop-ins, question and answer events, and digital meetings dedicated to specific opportunities. Staff described the events as “valuable and interesting” and “enjoyable”.
Current colleagues were able to find out more about apprenticeships in allied health professions, leadership and management, nursing, and business administration.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Trust hosted health and social care tutors from Barnsley College, who spent time shadowing health professionals on the wards. Tutor Nicola Lovell, who spent time at the Poplars in Wakefield, commented: “The visit helped me to update my own knowledge and review the changes since I worked in the health sector many years ago. I was particularly humbled to see how much compassion, commitment, dedication, and empathy the staff have for the patients they support.”
Nicola was even able to catch up with some former students of Barnsley College and see first hand how they’d been able to apply their apprenticeship knowledge and skills.
Jen Richmond, apprenticeships facilitator, said: “At the Trust we offer a range of apprenticeship programmes, enabling our existing and new staff to enhance their skills. Apprenticeships are available from level 2 to level 7 so they are an excellent way to progress your career. It has been great to see how much ambition there is within our Trust and I look forward to supporting staff through apprenticeships in the future.”
Chief people officer Greg Moores added: “We want to make our Trust a great place to work for everyone and part of this involves enabling staff to develop, grow, and achieve their potential in their roles. We’re proud to offer a range of apprenticeships giving staff further opportunities to increase their knowledge so that we can continuously improve the standard of care we provide.”