Eight staff up for apprentice awards

Friday February 22, 2019

Fingers crossed for the eight trust apprentices who have been shortlisted for Health Education England’s Kent, Surrey & Sussex Apprentice Recognition Awards on 14 March.

Those up for a prize at the regional ceremony in Crawley are Mike Brooks (left), Chloe Lambourne (centre), Lydia Taylor (right), Shiralee Bacon, Mike Brooks, Christine Thair, Amanda Kimmins, Keith Baker and Marc Vincent. The trust itself has also been nominated as Employer of the Year.

It’s excellent to see so many colleagues receive recognition for the important contribution they make to the trust

Chief executive, Dame Marianne Griffiths said: “Congratulations to all our apprentices who have been shortlisted for an award by Health Education England. It’s excellent to see so many colleagues receive recognition for the important contribution they make to the trust. Fingers crossed for the awards ceremony in a few weeks’ time.”

Two years ago, the government introduced a new tax on employers called the Apprentice Levy, which is used to fund the development and expansion of apprenticeship programmes. Since then, the trust has rapidly expanded its apprenticeship offer to include new roles in accounting, management, cardiac physiology and surgical care.

Currently, more than 100 trust staff (both new and existing) are learning and earning on apprenticeship courses. Since 2014, more than 300 colleagues have completed apprenticeships.

The trust’s widening participation lead, Jo Hauffe, said: “Apprenticeships have opened up opportunities across more and more of our departments. They’ve changed the way our teams work and have inspired existing staff to keep on progressing in their careers.

“We hope to see more standards developed in areas such as Occupational Therapy and continue widening opportunities for people to embark on a career within the NHS.”

If you or your team is interested in finding out more about apprenticeships, email apprenticeships@wsht.nhs.uk – or speak to the team at their stands outside the restaurants during National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March).

Apprentice fairs and open evenings are also taking place in CMEC on 20 and 21 March, and WHEC on 3 and 24 April.

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