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Trust in Top Ten Performers for Apprentice Scheme

Newsdate: 30th April 2010

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to announce that we have successfully launched Apprenticeship Programmes in Healthcare and Administration and have been rated as one of the top ten performers across the North West.

The Apprenticeship Programme, run by the Skills Academy for health provides an ideal opportunity for existing and new WWL staff to embark on a guaranteed individually tailored learning programme of work, training and assessment.  The overall aim of the apprenticeship programme is to raise the skills of people in employment and build a flexible workforce, resulting in increased productivity and ultimately greatly improved patient care.

The funding for apprenticeships has been made available through the Learning Skills Council  supported by the SHA and is managed via the Trust’s Training and Development Team.  The Trust is working in partnership with long standing successful training providers, The Manchester College for Healthcare and Wigan and Leigh College for Administration.  Forty three new and existing staff within the Trust signed up for the scheme in January 2010. Pictured are a group of Trust Apprentices

Thirty five Healthcare Assistants and nine staff working in administration support roles who are employed at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Thomas Linacre Centre, Wrightington Hospital and Leigh Infirmary will be the first staff at the Trust to go through this new programme. The framework of learning, which is  managed by the Sector Skills Council, will give learners the opportunity to:

Achieve:
An NVQ (National Vocational Qualification), Technical Certificate and Key Skills qualifications

Learn:
The practical skills and knowledge necessary to carry out specific work roles

Progress:
Within specific careers and educational pathways opening the gateway to professional  training and enabling staff to move into new areas of work.

Not only will individual skills and knowledge be increased but successful completion of the apprenticeship pathway will enable staff to progress to further training including access to nurse and other professional training. 

Staff who started on the programme recently, when asked why they wanted to become an “apprentice” and what they hope to achieve by being on the programmes said:

 “I can cascade my learning to others”.
 “I will become a better team player”
 “I will become a reflective practitioner”
 “I can reinforce what I already know and learn things I don’t know”
 “I hope to further my career”
 “I hope to become more confident and effective and to improve my knowledge”
 “I will be able to demonstrate more effective working practices”
 “I think it will be of benefit both ways to the Trust and the individual”

The apprentices in both healthcare and administration are now well underway with the programme working on key skills, gathering evidence for the NVQ and successfully completing their first technical assignment.  The feedback we have received from candidate reviews has been extremely positive and staff are enjoying the programme and are pleased with their progress so far. 

Gail Swift, Deputy Director of Organisation Development and Lifelong Learning said: “WWL is really pleased that we have been able to offer this opportunity to so many of our staff and we have firm plans to continue to offer more apprenticeships to our staff in 2010 and 2011.”

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