Supporting the role of apprentices in the workplace

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NHS Castle Point and Rochford and NHS Southend CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) are supporting the role of apprentices within the workplace.

National Apprentice Week, which ran from February 3-9 2020, allows both employees and apprentices to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst helping to promote and encourage even more people to get involved and train on the job across the country creating opportunities for themselves and employers.

Co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, the ‘Look Beyond’ themed week celebrated the diversity and value that apprenticeships bring to employers, apprentices and communities highlighting the breadth of industries and roles available to the talent and energy apprentices bring into the workplace.

National Apprenticeship Week is a flagship moment in the calendar year for supporters and ambassadors of apprenticeships, uniting them and delivering consistent messages with strong collective impact. ‘Look Beyond’ will serve as a rallying cry for the apprenticeship community to showcase the diversity or roles and opportunity an apprenticeship can offer.

Melody Prior, an apprentice at NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, said:

“After careful consideration I decided to do an apprenticeship rather than continue with education. I am earning a wage while I learn about the working environment and while I undertake a qualification I am learning how to put it into practice in the work place. I work alongside some very experienced people who can coach and mentor me giving me confidence. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn all aspects of a very complex business and also gain a qualification that will help me in the future.

Former apprentice Jack Dulieu is now working for the CCG full time as a Finance Assistant. He said:

“I started out as an apprentice with NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG in October 2016. Since starting I have learned skills such as teamwork, communication, and IT Skills which have helped me to get to my current role of Finance Assistant and I have achieved an AAT Level 3 qualification, and I am currently working towards AAT Level 4. The apprenticeship has given me a career path to follow and the opportunity of full time employment”.

Tricia D’Orsi, Chief Nurse for NHS Castle Point & Rochford and NHS Southend CCG, said:

“Apprentice schemes benefit both the apprentice and the CCG. They allow apprentices to become an integral part of the team allowing us to work more efficiently with their support. It is also great to see a young person develop into in role, especially within a fast paced organisation such as a CCG”.