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News: How appren­tice­ships are mutu­al­ly beneficial

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Appren­tice­ships are an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for both employ­ers and appren­tices. From improved pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and skills devel­op­ment to kick-start­ing a person’s career, appren­tices are proven to be a huge asset to the work force.

Isa Ullah Khan
Isa Khan, L2 apprentice at Nottingham University Hospitals with his Silver Apprentice of the Year award.

With fund­ing and incen­tives of up to £4000 avail­able from the gov­ern­ment to help pay for recruit­ment and train­ing, there has nev­er been a bet­ter time to con­sid­er hir­ing an appren­tice. With our help, the process is much eas­i­er than you may think.

We recent­ly worked with Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals to sup­port the recruit­ment and train­ing of their appren­tices. These can­di­dates have now start­ed their roles and are a fan­tas­tic addi­tion to the NHS, becom­ing role mod­els’ and mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to their teams and the wider workforce.

Isa Khan joined Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals on the College’s Lev­el 2 Health­care Sup­port Work­er appren­tice­ship at the height of the pan­dem­ic. Work­ing in the surgery divi­sion on a trau­ma and orthopaedic ward at Queens Med­ical Cen­tre, Isa has made such a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to his team that he recent­ly won a nation­al sil­ver award, recog­nis­ing his hard work and dedication.

The Skills for Health #OurHealth­Heroes awards, which took place last month, recog­nised and cel­e­brat­ed the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion made by an appren­tice with­in their organ­i­sa­tion in the health­care sec­tor. Isa was recog­nised as some­one who has not only gone above and beyond but acts as an advo­cate and ambas­sador for appren­tice­ships as a route to health­care careers.

Isa start­ed his Lev­el 2 Health­care Sup­port Work­er Appren­tice­ship at the height of Covid-19 with no expe­ri­ence but over­came this chal­lenge and now embraces all aspects of ward life. Will­ing­ly tak­ing on house­keep­er duties, in addi­tion to usu­al tasks, he ensures the smooth run­ning of the ward’ 

Emma Cross, — Wider Work­force Lead Train­er, Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Hospitals.

As well as pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to expand and up-skill your work force, appren­tices are moti­vat­ed to learn and can bring fresh ideas to the work­place. Our team­work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with busi­ness­es and poten­tial appren­tices to attract high cal­i­bre can­di­dates and match them with suit­able vacan­cies, pro­vid­ing a tai­lor made, mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial solution.

Kath Wilkin­son, Appren­tice­ship Recruit­ment Advis­er and Han­nah Wrench, Indus­try Lead at Not­ting­ham Col­lege explain how they used this process to attract can­di­dates like Isa to the NHS vacancies. 

Isa was focused in gain­ing an appren­tice­ship work­ing in the health­care sec­tor but as he had­n’t had any real pri­or work­ing expe­ri­ence at that point, I sup­port­ed him with under­stand­ing his strengths in his per­son­al qual­i­ties and behav­iours and how to recog­nise his areas for devel­op­ment, that an appren­tice­ship would help him with. This then helped him with inter­views to be able to put him­self for­ward as a strong candidate. 

Kath Wilkin­son — Appren­tice­ship Recruit­ment Adviser

Isa real­ly is a cred­it to Not­ting­ham Col­lege, NUH and him­self. With the sup­port of our team Isa sub­mit­ted an appli­ca­tion that real­ly sold him­self for the role and was then short­list­ed for inter­view. At inter­view Isa pre­sent­ed him­self fan­tas­ti­cal­ly, was polite and had researched the job role and NUH. As a result, Isa was offered the role and Not­ting­ham Col­lege then arranged to enrol him onto the appren­tice­ship and his learn­ing jour­ney began. 

Han­nah Wrench — Indus­try Lead

Isa is going from strength to strength in his appren­tice­ship and demon­strates how appren­tices like him are moti­vat­ed to learn and become a valu­able addi­tion to the work force.

My appren­tice­ship is real­ly open­ing doors for me and every day I am moti­vat­ed to be the best I can be. I get to learn on the job, inter­act with patients and be part of a team– it’s very rewarding. 

 — Isa Khan.

Get in touch.

If you are con­sid­er­ing hir­ing an appren­tice our team of busi­ness experts are on hand to help nav­i­gate the array of options avail­able. Whether you are look­ing for the per­fect can­di­date to fill your vacan­cy, would like some assis­tance with unlock­ing fund­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties or are look­ing for a train­ing provider – we can help.

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  • 30th April 2021 (6:48 AM)
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