A Health trust has been highlighting the role apprenticeships are playing in developing staff and building the future of healthcare.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust offers a wide range of development opportunities so it can boost its workforce.
National Apprenticeship Week
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Trust has been shining a light on its staff who have completed a range of courses at local colleges and universities.
Education development co-ordinator Donna Scarth said: “Apprenticeships have traditionally been such a powerful way of helping people start in the organisation and provide the basis of a long and successful career in the NHS.
“And they are continuing to allow us to develop the next generation of health workers.
“We are so proud of the excellent working relationships we have with our local colleges and universities. Thanks to this, we are able to offer our staff a wide range of different opportunities so they can develop in healthcare for many years to come.”
Jo Lake, who is a student nurse working in the emergency assessment unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, has completed a level two apprenticeship in healthcare apprenticeship at the Hartlepool College of Further Education.
She said: “The apprenticeship has added to my confidence and my motivation to become a nurse. Because of it, I decided to go on to start a nursing degree and will soon become a fully qualified nurse.
“It shows the power that apprenticeships offer to an organisation like this.”
Sharon Newcombe, an education support officer at the Trust, has completed a level two in team leading at Stockton Riverside College.
She said: “The apprenticeship has helped me become a stronger leader and helped highlight to me the skills I already have to help in my role.
“Because of this, I feel more confident in my role and am able to offer even more to the team and to our patients.”