Five trusts shortlisted for the National Apprenticeship Awards

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18 / 9 / 2014 2.17pm

Five trusts from across the UK have been shortlisted for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014:

  • James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – BEA Systems Large Employer of the Year 
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – BT Macro Employer of the Year
  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust - BT Macro Employer of the Year
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – Newcomer Employer of the Year Large
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust - BT Macro Employer of the Year

The National Apprenticeship Awards are a celebration of apprentices and employers involved in apprenticeships across England. They provide an opportunity to showcase best practice in the use of apprenticeships and raise the profile of the benefits that apprentices bring to both employers and the economy as a whole. The awards, run by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), recognise excellence in two areas: 

  • Businesses that grow their own talent by using apprenticeships 
  • Apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

The very best Employer of the Year category entrants, will also feature in the prestigious annual City and Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, which will be published at the end of 2014. 

What the five trusts say about their apprenticeship schemes:

  • James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - The trust currently has 29 apprentices and is investing in its community by providing high-quality training opportunities for young people from the local area. The trust finds that training opportunities encourage staff loyalty and that 93 per cent of apprentices who complete their training remain with the trust. For more information contact -  joanne.shand@jpaget.nhs.uk
  • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – More than 620 staff have studied apprenticeship frameworks including healthcare, laboratory sciences and business administration amongst many others. Its apprenticeship programme gives the trust the opportunity to invest in its local community. In terms of return on this investment, 76 per cent of apprentices gain permanent employment with the trust and some former apprentices have now progressed to leadership positions. Cambridge Hospitals also won the award for the BT Macro Employer of the Year 2014 for the central eastern region at the National Apprenticeship Awards.  The contact for this trust is - kate.greenwood@addenbrookes.nhs.uk
  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust - East Kent Hospitals employs 75 apprentices and has made its apprenticeship programme an ongoing priority within its workforce plan. The organisation believes in 'growing their own’ with 90 per cent of apprentices progressing to permanent employment with the trust. The contact for the trust is - lesleypalin@nhs.net
  • Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – this trust started out with four apprentices but owing to the success of the scheme, the organisation quickly saw that number rise to 42. By 2016, the trust hopes to support more than 90 apprentices. The apprentices have had a positive impact at the trust and have inspired many colleagues to sign up to apprenticeship frameworks. For more information please contact - ian.moore@hey.nhs.uk
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust – this organisation has a total of 20 16-18 year old apprentices, recruited for their potential and the difference they make to patient care. The benefit apprentices make to the trust is demonstrated in the fact that more than 250 staff have completed a range of frameworks at intermediate, advanced and higher level, greatly enhancing their skills. The trust hopes to recruit another 50 16-18 year old apprentices in the next 12 months. The contact for this trust is - barbaracrampton@nhs.net

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