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Celebrating the valuable role of apprentices (1) - 14 March 2013

Celebrating the valuable role of apprentices (1) - 14 March 2013

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and Musgrove Park Hospital is celebrating the valuable role apprentices play in the work of the Hospital.

The apprentice scheme has been running for over eight years in partnership with colleges from all across Somerset, and the hospital currently has over 65 apprentices from Richard Huish College who are currently working on level 2 and 3 awards in Administration and Customer Service.

Apprentices work within most departments in the Hospital and provide valuable support to colleagues and patients.

One such apprentice is Chloe Kearle, from Bridgwater, who works in Learning and Development.

She provides administrative and office support to the department and hospital staff relating to their learning & development requirements.

Speaking about her role she said: “Being an apprentice is really great as you get to learn a whole range of skills in a workplace environment while also gaining qualifications. You are supported throughout and there is always something new to learn. I am finding the experience very beneficial and rewarding.”

Chloe’s manager Wendy Powell added: “The work Chloe does for the department is invaluable, we really wouldn’t know what to do without her.”

Each workplace supports their apprentices with a mentor, which staff find rewarding as they get to see the apprentice grow and develop over time.

Hospital Chairman Rosalinde Wyke said: “The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship week is Apprenticeships Deliver and I think that is exactly what they do. “The Apprenticeship Scheme is a fantastic way of working with young people in our community to help them get the training and skills they need to start their careers.

“It is wonderful to see so many people benefit from the experience we are able to give them from working in departments across the hospital, and also for them to know that they are playing an important role in helping us deliver care and treatment to our local community.”

An open event for people to find out more about the fantastic work of the apprentices and how people can get involved was held at the Musgrove Academy on Wednesday, 13th March.

Anyone who was unable to attend, or who would like more information about the apprenticeship scheme should contact Wendy Powell, Learning & Development by emailing wendy.powell@tst.nhs.uk  or calling 01823 344566 or by contacting Carys Evans at Huish Business School on caryse@richuish.ac.uk  or calling 01823 320875.

Pictured are: Chairman Rosalinde Wyke with apprentice Chloe Kearle from the Learning and Development Department.