Western Sussex welcomes 100th apprentice

Monday March 14, 2016

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (14 – 18 March) with the recruitment of its 100th apprentice.

Business Administration Apprentice Luke Hesmondhalgh
Business Administration Apprentice Luke Hesmondhalgh

Luke Hesmondhalgh has joined Patient Access, a team which will process more than 750,000 outpatients’ appointments for St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals in West Sussex during his 12-month Business Administration Apprenticeship.

Luke, 19 from Selsey, completed his A-levels last summer and thought about all the options open to him before deciding to combine practical training in the NHS with study.

“I wanted to build on my Business Studies A-level and an apprenticeship in Business Administration is an ideal next step,” said Luke.

“The fact that it was offered by the NHS and Western Sussex Hospitals was also a huge factor in my decision. The size and strong reputation of the organisation presents me with a great opportunity for success.”

The Trust, which employs 6,500 people, offers a wide variety of paid apprenticeship placements with opportunities currently available in Learning & Development, Occupational Therapy, Medical Imaging and Finance.

All apprentices receive a regular wage, including paid holiday, and their learning is supported by local Further Education colleges.

An apprenticeship with Western Sussex Hospitals leads to a nationally-recognised qualification which can give you an invaluable head start on a successful career path

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Principal at Chichester College, said: “We work closely with Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure our students can benefit as much as possible from their apprenticeships, providing the support and training they need to succeed in the workplace.

“We have delivered a range of apprenticeships with Western Sussex – from health care assistants to accounting technicians, as well as plumbers, electricians and HR professionals – which demonstrates the commitment they show to the apprenticeship programme.

“We are delighted to continue working with them and to join with them in welcoming their 100th apprentice.”

The apprenticeship programme run by Western Sussex Hospitals continues to expand with the acute trust aiming to recruit 100 more apprentices in the coming year.

Nine apprentices currently working for the Trust have been shortlisted for the regional Health Education NHS Apprenticeship Awards 2016 which takes place in Crawley on 17 March. Western Sussex Hospitals is also up for the prestigious Apprentice Employer of the Year this National Apprenticeship Week.

Trust Chairman, Mike Viggers, said: “Taking on our 100th apprentice is a major milestone and as we congratulate Luke we are also looking forward to welcoming our next 100 apprentices.

“We are very proud to offer such a broad range of opportunities, giving more and more young people the chance to develop their skills with us while at the same supporting our delivery of safe, high-quality care.

“The NHS is an excellent employer and an apprenticeship with Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust culminates in a nationally recognised qualification which can give you an invaluable head start on a successful career path.”

If you are interested in an apprenticeship with Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust please visit www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/Jobs

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