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.
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.
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