National Apprenticeship Week

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30 / 6 / 2016 9.30am

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 took place from 14 to 18 March and was coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency. The aim of the weeks was to celebrate apprenticeships and highlight the positive impact they can have on businesses and the wider economy.

The theme for 2016 was rising to the top and a range of activities were delivered to show the progression and opportunities available, from traineeships through to higher and degree apprenticeships. To celebrate the week we showcased a range of good practice examples, blogs and case studies which are outlined below:

Monday 14 March

  • Danny Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers started the week with a blog reflecting on apprenticeship achievements across the NHS over the last year and looking ahead to how new apprenticeship standards will present an opportunity for entry-level roles and the wider workforce.
  • The case study The right mentoring support for young apprentices, outlines why Leeds Teaching Hospitals introduced two levels of mentoring for young apprentices.

Tuesday 15 March

  • In her blog Carol Forde-Johnston, nurse education lead at Oxford University Hospital, explains how putting the right support in place from the start not only benefited the trust's apprentices, but helped them to develop a set of key skills the trust can utilise.
  • Discover how Birmingham Children's Hospital is building its future. Watch Megan's story in our video and find out how employing young people can benefit organisations and help develop a workforce for the future. 

Wednesday 16 March

  • Theresa Nelson, chief officer for workforce development at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, gave an overview in her blog of the range of employment opportunities they offer, including apprenticeships and how the positive impact these are having on both the young people taking part and the staff supporting them. 
  • This case study outlines how a successful apprenticeship training scheme, developed in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and other regional partners, is helping the region to develop career pathways for young people in healthcare science.

Thursday 17 March

  • Central and North West London Foundation Trust attracted some talented individuals, including a mature candidate, by adapting its approach to recruiting for apprenticeships. This case study outlines how it was done.
  • John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health, produced a blog that looks at how apprenticeships have developed over recent years and the contribution they make to both clinical and non-clinical roles. 

Friday 18 March

To round off the week we captured some of the activities held around the country:


  • Health Education England held an apprentice awards event in the North East to showcase and celebrate the success of individual apprentices across the North East and demonstrate how apprenticeships are helping to provide a quality patient experience.
  • Gloucestershire Care Service Trust used the ThinkFuture materials to tweet about apprenticeship vacancies in their organisation. If your organisation wants to bring more young people into your workforce, the ThinkFuture toolkits can support you with a range of resources. 
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ ran three days of activities for their apprentices to find out more about the trust and learn new skills from colleagues and former apprentices.
  • The Royal Wolverhampton Trust promoted their apprenticeships and career opportunities by sharing stories from a range of staff who began their careers as apprentices within the trust. 
  • With changes being introduced over the next year around apprenticeships, including the apprenticeship levy and public sector apprenticeship targets, NHS Employers produced a briefing for board members that outlines the financial implications of these policy changes. Find out more about the board briefing on our web page.

More information

NHS Employers are looking to recruit an apprentice to provide business support to our development and employment team and offer support with with social media activities and general admin duties. More details can be found on our vacancies page.

To find out how apprenticeships can deliver benefits for NHS organisations please visit the dedicated apprenticeship section of our website.

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