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UHMBT's ground-breaking apprenticeships
get national recognition
In January 2018, UHMBT launched two ground-breaking
apprenticeship schemes for 2018, providing a jobs boost to the region.
The schemes, both of which are among the first of their kind in the UK,
will see those recruited to the roles combine vocational training with
accredited qualifications, on a journey to full-time roles within the
The Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, in partnership with University of
Cumbria will offer individuals the opportunity to train as a registered
adult nurse. The second apprenticeship scheme, the Healthcare
Science Associate Apprenticeship, in partnership with Kendal College,
enables learners to qualify as Healthcare Science Associates who will
take up posts within UHMBT Pathology services.
Apprenticeship schemes across the Trust have been gathering national recommendation, and have
been shortlisted for national awards including an Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion
(ENEI) award in the first ever apprenticeship category and a Leadership Award in the 2018 Royal
College of Nursing Institute Awards.
Amanda O'Brien, Vocational Services Manager at UHMBT, said: "All our programmes have had
significant benefits to UHMBT including Catering, IT, Engineering, HR and Business Admin; allowing
us to recruit staff to deliver high quality care whilst weaving through learning our organisational
standards, values and behaviours. Apprenticeships provide staff professional flexibility and
adaptability to meet the patients' needs as well as providing career pathways rather than just "jobs". "
"With the introduction of apprenticeship reforms, tremendous opportunities
have opened up for UHMBT and we have seized the opportunity to
introduce quality apprenticeships, to recruit and retain whilst continuing to
raise the profile of the Trust as being "A Great Place to Be Cared For; A
Great Place to Work"' therefore becoming the employer of choice."
"With the roll out of the apprenticeship reforms UHMBT has fully embraced
apprenticeships and it's branding. This has been a completely new and
innovative way for us to deliver first class, tailored, vocational education
and training in order to meet the needs of the service and offer training and
development for existing staff and employment opportunities to local
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