Celebrating our apprentices in National Apprenticeship Week

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust is urging the next generation of healthcare professionals to think about another route into careers through its apprentice programme, during National Apprenticeship week.

The trust is one of Coventry and Warwickshire’s largest employers and NHS apprenticeships are a great way for people to start building a new career in health care. Trust currently has over 30 apprentices who have been recruited into apprenticeships within the Trust including healthcare assistant apprenticeships, business administration, finance and pharmacy. Existing staff are also offered the opportunity to completed apprenticeships. We currently have over 50 staff on an apprenticeship programme in areas including Business Administration, Health and Social Care, Team Leading and Leadership and Management.

UHCW apprentices will receive world-class training and support to develop their skills and competencies over the programme. Apprenticeships are offered from Level 2 up to Masters Level.

The training programme at UHCW frequently takes applications from those who wish to start a career in a range of fields across the two hospital sites (University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby) such as a Healthcare Support Worker or people looking to pursue a career in Business.

The apprenticeships are a work-based training programme and will see apprentices learn the wide range of skills needed to have a career in the NHS and gain a formal qualification. At the end of their training the apprenticeship will transition into a permanent role at the Trust.

Chloe Baker, Business Administration Apprenticeship who welcomes visitors, books meeting rooms and provides administration support to colleagues as part of her role, said:

“My Apprenticeship has provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable experience and insight into the NHS.

“I have become equipped with transferrable administration skills within the workplace that I can apply to future roles.

“I find UHCW a friendly and inviting place to work with a pleasant atmosphere and welcoming colleagues.

“After my A-levels I was unsure about going to university. I knew I enjoyed business studies and decided to take the route of an apprenticeship and this has now offered me many career path options.”

Karen Martin, Chief Workforce and Information Officer, said:

“Our apprentices are part of the future workforce of our NHS organisations across the local area, it’s important that we support them in achieving their career aspirations.

“During national apprenticeship week we are celebrating our Apprentices who we have found to be very loyal, committed and skilled.

“Apprenticeships allow us to widen NHS career opportunities to many different people and help us secure a workforce capable of delivering excellent patient care.

“Their knowledge and skills is embedded from the ground up in a supported and structured way in our experience making them high performing and much valued members of staff.”

Anybody interested in an apprenticeship at UHCW should attend our Recruitment Open Day at University Hospital in Coventry on Saturday 10 March between 10am and 2pm where you can hear more about the clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships we have available at both University Hospital and the Hospital of St Cross or contact Kirstie Elliott, Work Experience and Apprentice Advisor for more information on Kirstie.Elliott@uhcw.nhs.uk.