National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Apprenticeships: National Apprenticeship Week, 4 to 8 March 2019

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 ran from 4 to 8 March.

The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship week (NAW) was 'blaze a trail', which was inspired by the national apprenticeship campaign slogan Fire it up. 

NAW provides an ideal opportunity to showcase, discuss and celebrate apprenticeships. Across the week employers hosted a range of events and activities to raise awareness of apprenticeships that are available to all, regardless of age or background. 

The week

Throughout the week, we published a range of blogs, case studies and other useful resources to highlight the difference that apprenticeships are making to the health service. Catch up on all the good practice below:

Monday 4 March

The North West Ambulance Service are on track to spend their levy. Find out how they and other organisations are using apprenticeships to meet their future workforce supply needs in our briefing: Using the apprenticeship levy.

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had a variety of activities planned for the week, which started with their apprentices visiting an outdoor activity centre in Overstrand, Norfolk, for a day focusing on teamwork.

Tuesday 5 March

This case study from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust explains how the trust is using apprenticeships to strengthen its commitment to nursing supply and has mapped out career pathways so that staff can visually identify how they can develop their careers, such as from apprentice through to chief nurse.  

Wednesday 6 March

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust looked at how it could manage apprenticeships more centrally to make better use of the levy and achieve its public sector target. As a result, apprenticeships have become embedded across the trust at all levels and in a range of departments. Read how it was done in this case study

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  invited people to find out about the recruitment opportunities available through its apprenticeship programmes at an event at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside. In addition, its young apprentice ambassadors flew the Northumbria flag at an event at the House of Commons on Thursday 7 March.

Thursday 7 March

In this blog from Richard Agan, senior medical electronics technician at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, he reflects on how the apprenticeship he started in 2007 enabled him to develop skills and confidence that helped build his career in the NHS.

Using a creative approach Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has been blazing the trail. The trust featured the story of James who started as an apprentice healthcare support worker in 2017 but struggled with some of the work he was being asked to do. With help from staff James was assessed and received a diagnosis of autism and has now started a new role as an apprentice in pharmacy. Having a routine work pattern has helped him enormously and he is very happy in his work.

Friday 8 March

With almost 90 per cent of apprenticeships leading to employment, find out how Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust has used apprenticeships to develop staff. As a result of this, many of the trust's apprentice health care assistants continued their learning and are now working a the trust as fully-qualified nurses.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital apprenticeship team ran an information session on board a bus in the car park about the apprenticeships available within the trust for both new and existing staff.

Gloucestershire Care Services apprenticeship team were on hand on 8 and 9 March with some of their apprentices at the Gloucester Quays Outlet to discuss the apprenticeships available and what it is like working in the local NHS trusts.

Lambeth Hospital Trust apprenticeship team spoke to all staff and managers about current and planned apprenticeships available and had an apprentice on hand to answer questions about their own experience. The session took place over lunch and included cake.

Blaze a trail

If you have been ‘blazing a trail’ on social media you can follow us on Twitter @NHSE_WFS and retweet us - don’t forget to tag @apprenticeships and share what you have been doing by using #NAW2019 and #BlazeATrail in your social media posts.

Take a look at the apprenticeship service events map to find out about the events that took place near you.

For more information about National Apprenticeship Week 2019 visit

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