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Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2021 Build the Future Campaign: Train, Retain and Achieve
08 February 2021

IOW NHS Trust is showcasing the value that Apprenticeships bring to the NHS and help to build a strong workforce for the future during National Apprenticeship Week.

The week is being celebrated from 8 to 14 February 2021 and the Trust will be sharing the success of its Apprenticeship programme and the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities that are available to anyone, at any age and with any previous qualifications.

James Barclay, Learning and Development Officer said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way of recruiting new talent into the organisation and giving all staff the opportunity to train, retrain and achieve.  We have recruited 53 new staff members via vacancies that have been advertised as an Apprenticeship.

 “We offer valuable apprenticeship opportunities which provide on the job training so people can also gain work experience that will enhance their future prospects along with achieving a nationally recognised qualification.

“Apprentice posts are a great stepping stone for a future career in the NHS and healthcare sector and we encourage everyone to consider them.”

Apprentices at the Trust hope to inspire others by sharing their experiences of how they have increased their confidence, skills and knowledge and how apprenticeships have put them on the track to having exciting careers in the NHS.

We are proud to be able to support a wide range of clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships. To date we are currently supporting 153 members of staff who are studying towards an Apprenticeship qualification across 26 different courses at academic Level 2 to 7. In addition to the 153 currently in learning a further 39 members of staff have successfully completed and achieved their qualification. In February 2021 we will have invested just over £1 million pounds in Apprenticeship course fees to support our work force.

Business Administrators & Customer Service, Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates, Management, Applied Biomedical Sciences and Occupational Therapist are just a few examples of careers and qualifications that have developed at the IOW NHS Trust from an apprenticeship.

Lucy is a Radiography Department Assistant at the Breast Screening Unit and is studying Mammography Associate Practitioner Apprenticeship Level 4. Lucy said: “I very much enjoyed my role as a radiography department assistant for many years and I was extremely keen to progress further at work, specifically within breast screening. The Level 4 Mammography  Apprenticeship was an exciting opportunity and I am very grateful. I am enjoying all aspects of the apprenticeship, and it has allowed me to develop and learn new skills within my role at work and on completion I will have progressed to an Associate Practitioner Mammography and this position has the potential to open up further opportunities to develop into other roles such as a radiographer.”

Katie, who has recently completed an NVQ Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with a Distinction, has secured a full time permanent position at the Trust. Katie said: “My apprenticeship was based with the Community Leadership Team and the apprenticeship programme has worked well for me. It enabled me to learn and develop further and my team were really supportive.  I feel I benefitted from completing my apprenticeship throughout COVID-19 as I got to witness first-hand the changing priorities and adaptability of the organisation, my team and the great work across the whole division, this is a skill I hope to reflect in my future work.” 

There are currently no Apprenticeship opportunities available at Isle of Wight NHS, however, when they become available they will be advertised on the Island Health and Care Plan website. National Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on the NHS jobs website. .

If you have any questions or need advice and guidance relating to apprenticeships and career pathways with IOW NHS Trust please contact the Learning and Development Team asking for james.barclay2@nhs.net or Christine.sloper@nhs.net  

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