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Trust aims to take on 50 apprentices

Elliot Smart has secured a position at Northumbria Healthcare after successfully completing his apprenticeship.

Elliot Smart has secured a position at Northumbria Healthcare after successfully completing his apprenticeship.

Health bosses are looking to take on 50 new apprentices to work in different sections of their trust.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding a series of events as part of their commitment to take on 300 apprentices by next year.

The new recuits would work in different roles in hospitals, in the community and in office environments.

For the fist time, the trust is taking part in the Brathay Challenge, the official search to find the best apprentices in the country.

Kelly Angus, head of human resources at the trust, said: “Becoming an apprentice is an excellent way of getting a foot in the door of the world of work and learning important skills which will stand young people in good stead for the rest of their working lives.”

Elliot Smart, 19, of Bedlington, works as a healthcare assistant at Wansbeck General Hospital after completing his apprenticeship.

He said: “Gaining experience by working on the frontline of healthcare has given me an enormous amount of confidence and motivation.

“I have enjoyed every day that I have spent with the trust so far and I was delighted to be able to secure a position in orthopaedics which has been my favourite area.”

As part of the Brathay Challenge, apprentices will be visiting schools and colleges. They will also be at Wansbeck General Hospital on March 20, from 11am to 2pm.

For more on apprenticeships email learninganddevelopment@northumbria.nhs.uk

Drew Herrington, 18, from Blyth, is one of those taking part in the Brathay Challenge.

He said: “When I got the job I was given a lot of support and asked what I was interested in which allowed the NHS to find me a role that suited me.

“I am currently developing key life skills which will help me to have a successful career.

“I’m really pleased to be taking part in the challenge and be in the running to be recognised nationally.”

 

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