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NHS Trust wins vocational qualification award

​Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health Trust has won a Higher Level Skills Award as part of City College Norwich’s Employer Awards held at the Forum in Norwich last month.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust won the Higher Level Skills Award which is for an organisation that has demonstrated commitment and support for developing higher level skills in the workplace.

The award was given for the Trust’s support for the assistant practitioner role, a foundation level degree for non registered staff, as well as for commissioning a specific mental health course at City College Norwich.

Michele Allott, deputy director of nursing for the Trust, said: ”We are trying to develop new ways of working and the assistant practitioner role enables us to introduce new skills into the workforce. It also builds a clear pathway for non registered staff and links to the new nursing strategy we launched in May.”

The Trust’s award is one of eight, with categories ranging from Support for Apprenticeships to Learning in the Workplace Employee of the Year.

The awards, held in honour of Vocational Qualification (VQ) Day, congratulate employers who have shown outstanding support for training alongside students who have excelled in their vocational qualifications.

Dick Palmer, principal of City College Norwich, said: “City College Norwich is all about vocational education – getting people the right skills and qualifications to enter the workplace or move up their chosen career ladder. VQ Day is rightly a major celebration of success for our students at the College. As well as being our chance to join the national celebration of vocational qualifications, this is a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic commitment of employers in Norfolk to supporting vocational excellence.”

VQ Day is now in its fifth year and is a UK wide celebration of the people who gain vocational qualifications every year.