Trust celebrated triple triumph at apprentice awards
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating a triple triumph this National Apprentice Week (9 – 16 March).
Three apprentices at the Trust at Worthing Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital and Sexual Health West Sussex won prizes at a regional apprenticeship prize ceremony on Monday 9 March.
Matt Woolgar, 18 from Bognor; Jenna Vincent, 24 from Worthing; and Dean Wells, 25 from Pagham, each won a top prize at the Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex NHS Apprenticeship Awards 2015.
The Trust, which in total was short-listed in six categories at the event in held in Crawley, was also runner-up in the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category.
This year we hope to take on more than 100 new apprentices
Chief Executive, Marianne Griffiths, said: “I am so proud of our achievements at the awards and would like to personally congratulate each of our winners.
“We are a major employer in West Sussex and we offer a very broad and expanding range of apprenticeships.
“This year we hope to take on more than 100 new apprentices and I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in the NHS to find out what placements we have available.”
Matt Woolgar, won the Level 2 Non–Clinical Apprenticeship award for his achievements working with the Facilities Team at Worthing Hospital and completing an NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.
The day after the awards he was competing again, this time at the National Plumbing Apprenticeship competition in Basildon, after being nominated by Chichester College.
Matt said: “My job is to help maintain the hospital so it is safe for patients and staff. My apprenticeship has taught me skills and knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to learn in another company. The knowledge I have gained has enabled me to do jobs outside of the hospital such as installing a bathroom, heating systems and maintaining people’s plumbing appliances.”
Jenna Vincent, who won the Level 3 Non–Clinical Apprenticeship award, successfully completed a Business and Administration Apprenticeship at Sexual Health West Sussex before being appointed project administrator for the service in January.
My apprenticeship gave me the perfect groundwork for taking the next step
Jenna said: “I have always had high ambitions, but prior to my apprenticeship my motivation was low due to my career path not providing stimulating and challenging prospects. I wished to move into a business role but found I did not have the requisite experience.”
Now, Jenna is starting a Business Management BA Honours degree with the Open University while continuing to work for the Trust.
Dean Wells won the Level 2 Clinical Apprentice of the Year award for his commitment to furthering himself in the Pharmacy at St Richard’s Hospital where he completed his Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ) (QCF).
Dean, who has now progressed to the role of a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician, said: “My experiences as an apprentice demonstrate that the vocational route is another pathway into a possible life-long career and as a viable alternative to university. My apprenticeship gave me the perfect groundwork for taking the next step as a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician and it equipped me with the necessary skills to hit the ground running and progress further within this field.”
Since 2011, four out of every five apprentices that have completed their training with the Trust have gained substantive contracts to work for the organisation.
Over the next 12 months the Trust hopes to take on more than 100 new apprentices. All apprenticeship opportunities will be advertised at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk in the coming months.
Apprenticeships are just one of a range of career opportunities available at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information, including details of a special nursing open day and recruitment event taking place on 25 March, visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/recruitment.
[Picture of Jenna Vincent courtesy of Worthing Herald – www.worthingherald.co.uk]