Meet the apprentice - Bex's story:
“I’m very grateful for the many opportunities the Trust has given me.
“When I left school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I was more interested in mental health than physical health because I did an A-level in psychology.
"I was also looking for work where I’d be able to build up my level of experience and develop my career.
"I liked it from the first day because my colleagues were very supportive and I enjoyed being part of a team. There are some very good nurses at our Trust and my ambition now is to be one of them.”
Get on-the-job training and experienceAn apprenticeship gives you on-the-job training and experience to help enhance your future employment prospects while achieving a nationally recognised qualification. You also earn while you learn!
Working for usWhy is being an apprentice with us such a good idea?
Meet the apprentice - Merv's story:
“I love it, particularly interacting with people, and I enjoy the crowd I work with.
“I’ve also learnt so much. I’d worked in admin many years ago but my office skills had got rusty and I’ve picked up new, softer skills to help me deal better with people.”
What types of roles do we offer?
Typical apprentice roles include:
Meet the apprentice - Bekah's story:
“I have found it very interesting and have met many different people who have supported me and given me many opportunities to progress.
“Each day is different – as well as doing your day-to-day tasks, you never know who you will hear from, who will send you an email or who you will help in the office.
“I get a satisfying feeling when I log off from my computer at the end of the day, knowing what I have done, big or small, has made a difference to the people who use our services.”
Are you eligible?
We welcome your application if you are over 16 with a good general education. You need at least four GCSEs at D or above (or equivalent) with an excellent attendance record. You need to be motivated and committed to completing the apprenticeship programme.
As this is a Government-funded apprenticeship scheme, you must also have been resident in the UK or EU for the last three years; you must not have a degree or a Level 4 qualification or above, and must not already be in any formal Government-funded education.
This is an ideal opportunity for you to become an apprentice and gain experience in the NHS. You'll develop new skills and knowledge working with an established team to gain valuable work experience and a recognised apprenticeship qualification.
Meet the apprentice - Luke's story:
“I’ve always regarded myself as a people person and really enjoy meeting people face-to-face.
"An apprenticeship can open doors to a fulfilling career path.”
Skills you'll need:
How to apply?Please apply online. All our current apprenticeship vacancies are posted here on NHS Jobs. Our apprenticeship vacancies are also posted on www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
Meet the apprentice - Michael's story:
"When I worked as a data technician / receptionist, I enjoyed observing the work of clinical staff and really respected what they did.
“Many years ago, I had mental health difficulties of my own and spent time as an inpatient, and this experience has helped me in my Assistant Practitioner role, and I’m sure it will help as I train towards becoming a qualified nurse.
“The Trust has been supportive of me, and my ambition is to simply make a positive difference to the lives of patients so they can lead a meaningful life, with or without symptoms.”
You can read more about all these apprentices and the advantages of apprenticeships, by clicking here.