Apprenticeships in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

If you are interested in applying to be an apprentice please email workforcetransformation@sath.nhs.uk or contact Judith or Tracy (below):

Judith Tudor, Workforce Transformation Manager, 01952 641222 Ext 2956. judith.tudor@sath.nhs.uk

Tracy Newbold, Pre-employment Advisor, 01952 641222 via Ext 4828. tracy.newbold@sath.nhs.uk

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. In the NHS, primarily but not exclusively, they can be used to develop staff in Agenda for Change Bands 1 to 4.

Apprenticeship Framework Qualifications are available for existing staff, but they can also be utilised to encourage and recruit new staff into the Trust.

A well qualified, highly skilled and motivated workforce that meets the needs of existing and new patient pathways and service models, it can assist with role redesign.

Attract talented people of all ages, apprenticeships can be undertaken by people from 16 years of age until retirement age.

Greater staff retention through increased engagement and motivation, enhancement and recognition of skills. Opportunities for career progression and promotion.

Improved productivity and performance, ultimately benefiting patients and service delivery.

A long-term, ongoing solution to developing skilled staff, apprenticeships can be used as a route of progression to access under graduate studies.

A good way to engage with local communities and boost local economy, encouraging local people into our organisation, working with local training providers.

Apprenticeships can be undertaken by both new and existing employees. Anyone who is a resident in the UK, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship. There are three levels of apprenticeships available, depending on the pre-existing qualification levels of a candidate:
Intermediate level apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE grades A*-C)
Advanced level apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes)
Higher level apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree)

There are nearly 200 different types of apprenticeships across the economy as a whole; many of them are relevant to the NHS, such as:
Administration, IT and customer service,
Team leading and management
Catering and engineering.

Most job roles in the NHS will have a relevant apprenticeship framework available to underpin the development of staff in that role. To find out if there is one available for the roles in your area contact the Vocational Learning Team on 01743 261000 Ext 2501 or Workforce Transformation Team on 01952 641222 Ext 2956/4828

In addition to the general frameworks there are also apprenticeship frameworks specific to the Healthcare environment:
Healthcare Support Services
Clinical Healthcare Support
Pathology Support
Perioperative Support

A work based competence qualification &; an Award, Certificate or Diploma on the Qualification Credit framework (QCF) similar to an NVQ
A technical certificate &; the underpinning knowledge and theory element
Functional Skills &; Numeracy, literacy, communications and IT skills relevant to the level of the apprenticeship.
Employee rights and responsibilities – for example, Health &; Safety, policies and procedures, employment rights. Trust Induction covers a lot of these topics.

The training period for an apprenticeship can be as little as 12 months,  for the more complex apprenticeships e.g. Engineering it can be 3 years. Many qualifications require minimal time out of the work place, with an assessor from the training provider arranging to visit and observe the member of staff doing the job. There will be a requirement for the member of staff to do some work themselves to demonstrate their knowledge of relevant theory; this will be tailored to the qualification. There is also a need for some time to discuss work that is produced, ask questions to check understanding and action plan. Some qualifications require attendance at workshops to provide theoretical input, some require weekly attendance at college, some are tested using formal exams. The time out of the workplace should be indicated by the training provider before the qualification commences.

This is dependent on two factors; age and the level of previous qualifications. For 16 – 18 year olds full Government funding is available, for the majority of other staff full funding for training may be available, for further information contact the Vocational Learning Team on 01743 261000 Ext 2501.

 

 

 

Our Apprentices

A clear element of our People Strategy is to home grow our workforce of the future; Apprenticeships support us to do this.

We are absolutely committed to supporting local people through apprenticeship qualifications, as we recognise the huge value that they bring to organisations such as ours.

Apprenticeships enable people to experience the world of work and gain a qualification while at the same time earning a wage.

We see Apprenticeships as an opportunity to support local people of any age to begin and progress on their journey in the NHS, providing them with a career option they might otherwise not have had or have even considered. Appreciating that Apprenticeship posts will be especially attractive to younger people; we value the qualities they can bring to our organisation; fresh ideas, new approaches, a different perspective, energy and optimism. We can provide the opportunities, environment and support to enable them to develop and flourish.

The Government want Apprenticeships to be considered as a real option into a career, alongside the traditional route through university. The NHS is keen to promote both options, with a variety of suitable apprenticeships already available and more being developed including ones at advanced and higher levels including degree level. Apprenticeship qualifications are available to support the development of both new and existing staff members regardless of age, in the trust we embrace this route to help people progress in their chosen career.

With over 300 different job roles in the NHS the opportunities to progress in the future are many and varied, the route you choose to take is up to you, there is no pressure!

The NHS is a great place to work and an apprenticeship is a stepping stone to a great future – yours and ours! Together we can achieve great things.

Victoria Maher – Workforce Director

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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