The valuable role which apprentices play at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will be highlighted during a national awareness week designed to encourage more people to think about earning while they learn.National Apprenticeship Week begins on Monday, 9 March, and runs until Friday, 13 March. During the week, staff from NSFT will showcase the huge range of apprenticeship opportunities available, which include roles working as healthcare assistants, admin assistants, HR assistants, receptionists, IT service desk analysts and ward clerks.Chief Executive Michael Scott will also meet some of the Trust’s apprentices to find out more about their work and the benefits the role has brought, while NSFT will 'swap' an apprentice with Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust for a day.NSFT will also attend a Skills of East England event at the Norfolk Showground on March 11 and 12 to highlight the range of apprentice opportunities available.Jane Stringer, Support Workforce Careers Facilitator with NSFT, said: “Apprenticeships give people a fantastic opportunity to earn a wage while studying for a recognised qualification and building up essential workplace experience. “As well as helping people to develop new skills and knowledge, apprenticeships are a great way for people to get their foot on the first rung of the ladder to a successful and fulfilling career. “At our Trust, we have a long history of supporting apprentices and have seen many of our new recruits later move on to permanent positions within the NHS. We would encourage anyone who is thinking about signing up for an apprenticeship to use this national awareness week as their springboard and get in touch with us to see how we could help.”The majority of apprenticeships last 12 months, with successful candidates given time away from their work commitments to complete their studies.Anyone interested in finding out more should click here or contact Jane Stringer, Support Workforce Careers Facilitator, on 01603 421564.