Celebrating our apprentices 

05/03/2018 00:00 
It’s National Apprenticeship Week – and the perfect time to think about gaining new skills and qualifications.

Some 87 apprentices studied with us at UCLH this year – 35 of which were new recruits.

We hope to have even more apprentices next year, with the chance to gain qualifications as a nursing assistant, healthcare science support worker, ward clerk, personal assistant, supervisor or manager.

Caroline Theodorou, apprenticeship lead, said: “Apprenticeship qualifications have evolved over the years and what we have today is a wide range of programmes from GCSE to Master’s degree level.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are or what stage you are at in your career, an apprenticeship programme is a great way to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification while working at UCLH.”

Wasim started an apprenticeship in business administration at UCLH after leaving college. He now works here full-time as a staff trainer.

He said: “I had no work experience and needed to learn about the world of work.

“It taught me a lot. I developed so much as a person and gained a lot of different skills.

“There’s no better scheme out there that I can see.” (See Wasim’s full interview in the video below, filmed by apprentice audio-visual technician Brendan Milligan.)

Brandon Scott, who also completed a business administration apprenticeship and is about to embark on another qualification, has loved learning on the job.

He said: “University is a great experience to have but, in my opinion, the world of an apprentice is just as exciting.”

John Dickinson, who had a PhD when he started his apprenticeship in management and leadership, said: “It was hard work at times, you needed to commit time and effort, but that’s the case with everything worth doing.

“I recommend it to anyone. Do it!”

To find out more about apprenticeships at UCLH contact our Staff Development team or check NHS Jobs.

Read more about National Apprenticeship Week here.

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