During National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2014) the team at Trinity PR has been rolling up its sleeves in a bid to get the nation talking about the role of apprentices in the healthcare workforce and the opportunities this method of training is currently bringing to thousands of school leavers – as well as other young people who are seeking an alternative route into the healthcare profession.
Our research has brought us into contact with a range of inspiring young people (aged 16 -35) who are already several rungs up the career ladder thanks to being offered places on apprenticeship training schemes.
Their case histories (which can be found this week on the National Skills Academy for Health’s blog post: http://www.nsahealth.org.uk/nsa-health-blog) are true testament to the fact that A-levels, college or Higher Education aren’t always the best or most appropriate way to access employment.
In fact for many, it’s “hands on” experience, with amazing mentoring and the unrivalled chance of being able to “earn while you learn” that is opening up training and job opportunities that might have once seemed out of reach.
The purpose of NAW2014 is to raise awareness of apprenticeships across all sectors and to ensure that teachers, parents, schools and colleges – as well as young people themselves – are all fully ‘up to speed’ with the opportunities available in their area.
And, as part of our Trinity’s work with the National Skills Academy for Health, its Director, Candace Miller today (Wed 5th March) spoke to the Guardian Healthcare Network about her recent experience of shadowing a young apprentice, at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in Central London (GSTT).