4 Feb 2021, 10:50 a.m.

Over 75% of apprentices at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust go on to find permanent work there, according to the latest figures.

National Apprenticeship Week is being celebrated from 8 to 12 February and Gloucestershire Hospitals will be celebrating the diversity of the apprenticeship opportunities available at the local NHS Trust.

The week will showcase the value that apprenticeships bring and how they can help individuals and the organisation build the future workforce.

Gloucestershire Hospitals hopes to inspire the local community by sharing stories of apprentices’ progression, demonstrating how it has increased their confidence, skills, knowledge and how apprenticeships have kick-started incredible careers.

There are currently 268 apprentices across the Trust in a variety of different roles, all with different opportunities available. Every apprentice is supported and developed to help them reach their full potential, achieve success and helped to progress into roles at the hospitals.

Nurses, IT specialists, nursery nurses, audiologists and business managers, are just a few examples of careers that have developed at the hospital from an apprenticeship.

Tilly is studying a Level 6 Healthcare Science Practitioner Degree and she said:

“After many months of being stuck in a classroom revising, I realised that university may not be the right option for me. The idea of an apprenticeship really appealed to me because it is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge through practical as well as theory. My experience of working within the trust has been very positive so far and everyone has been very welcoming and willing to help.”

Tom has recently completed a Level 3 Junior Content Producer (multi-media) apprenticeship in the trust but whilst on programme, he gave us this feedback:

“I was looking for a multi-media apprenticeship and this really stood out. I didn’t really know what to expect, but there’s lots of variety and I’m really enjoying it. The best thing about the apprenticeship here is it that it feels like I’m part of something bigger, that’s really important to me. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship in the NHS, it’s the best decision I‘ve made.”

Gloucestershire Hospitals will be embracing National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating with its apprentices, but also offering the people of Gloucestershire an opportunity to get involved too.

The Trust will be hosting a series of Facebook live session available to anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship to find out more. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the apprenticeships the Trust offers.

On Monday 8 February at 12pm (midday) parents are invited to hear about the benefits of their child taking the apprenticeship route rather than University.

On Wednesday 10 February at 12.30pm, career advisors and teachers are invited to put their questions to the Trust’s dedicated apprenticeship team.

On Thursday 11 February at 1pm, students can speak to the team to find out the answers the most frequently questions.

Plus between 4pm and 6pm on 11 February, the Trust is holding a phone in for everyone.

The Trust Apprenticeship team can be contacted on 0300 422 5176 and are available to answer questions and offer advice about apprenticeships and career pathways.

Find out more about applying for an apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Hospitals.

To view live vacancies, visit the NHS Jobs website.