National Apprenticeship Awards recognise talent in the NHS

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18 / 11 / 2015 11.12am

An NHS apprentice has won regional Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, and two trusts have been highly commended in the National Apprenticeship Awards 2015:

  • Ryan Davies, aged 21, won the McDonald’s award for intermediate apprentice of the year for the North East region.
  • Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust took the highly commended award for the BT Award for Macro Employer of the Year.
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Trust took the highly commended award for the Rolls-Royce Award for Newcomer Large Employer of the Year.

The National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the success of the country’s most exceptional apprentices and apprenticeship employers. Delivered by the National Apprenticeship Servicethe awards provide an opportunity to showcase best practice and recognise excellence in the following two areas: 

  • businesses that grow their own talent by using apprenticeships 
  • apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.
The regional winners will be judged by a national panel and overall winners will be announced at a ceremony held in January 2016 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

About the highly commended trusts

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

With almost 700 staff completing apprenticeships over the last six years, the trust is committed to supporting and developing its workforce. The trust offers apprenticeships within most departments and across a wide range of frameworks. It currently has over 50 apprentices and also runs programmes to help staff gain qualifications in other areas such as English and maths. 

Black Country Partnership NHS Trust

The trust has supported 67 apprentices since 2014 in both clinical and non-clinical roles and in 2016 it aims to take on another 25. For clinical staff, work experience is offered across several areas including mental health and learning disability services. Apprenticeships have had a positive impact and are seen as a really effective way of supporting career aspirations. Many apprentices move into substantive posts within the trust and a high number have been accepted onto nursing degree programmes. For more information contact lynn.weston@bcft.nhs.uk

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a cost effective way to create a skilled and flexible workforce within the NHS. To find out more visit our apprenticeships and traineeships web pages.

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