24 / 9 / 2014 11.01am
“This is a dream come true, I love it” remarked one of the ten apprentices being trained at King’s College Hospital (KCH).
The apprentice was on one of the new advanced apprenticeship pilots that aim to blend engineering with clinical content. Following the pilot scheme, KCH was awarded with the 2013 Health Education South London Widening Participation Initiative of the Year.
NHS London funded a report called – ‘Scoping potential roles and associated training modules for Assistant Healthcare Science Staff within a large acute London trust’. It examined existing roles and education provision and discovered that London colleges were not offering sufficient courses in this area.
NHS London proposed some new generic roles and through the sustainable apprenticeship fund, KCH piloted the apprenticeship scheme recruiting six level 3 advanced apprentices (customer service framework) and four equipment-focused apprentices.
All the apprentices were sourced by Jobcentre Plus and through links with a local recruitment and apprenticeship training agency, StepAhead, were offered a one week sector-based work academy. This was followed by an interview selection process with both StepAhead and KCH. The ten successful candidates were employed by StepAhead and put on honorary contracts with KCH.
Feedback from apprentices and KCH has been extremely positive with comments such as, “They have fitted in well and are learning quickly” and “their enthusiasm is obvious, they are doing so well”.
The scheme has been a huge success and all the apprentices will find employment within the trust. Read the full case study.