Apprenticeship awards celebrate local hospitals’ rising stars

Staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are celebrating after receiving five award nominations for work to develop local apprenticeships.

Alex Bampton, a business admin apprentice working within Hull Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit, has been shortlisted for the title of ‘Intermediate Non Clinical Apprentice of the Year’ at the forthcoming Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber ‘Talent for Care’ Awards on Friday 18th March.

Jaimee Lee Lister, Estates Apprentice who was shortlisted last year for the Young Builder of the Year UK Award and subsequently attended a special event at the House of Commons, has been recognised again for her work with a nomination for ‘Advanced Non Clinical Apprentice of the Year’.

Neurophysiology Healthcare Scientist, Jo Smith, is one of two people competing for the title of Ambassador/Mentor of the Year, having been put forward on the strength of her support for the development of apprentices within her particular area.  Meanwhile, Robert Dyer, one of the first apprentices to be taken on by the Trust in 2014, is expected to finish his apprenticeship with a nationally recognised finance qualification, and is in the running to be named ‘Higher Non Clinical Apprentice of the Year’.

Finally, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust Education Team and its local partner in delivering hospital-based apprenticeships, HYA Training, have also been shortlisted for the title of ‘Partnership of the Year’ based on work to deliver flexible and bespoke apprenticeships to meet the needs of the Trust and the individual apprentices.

Anne Burdis and Debbie Elton, Education and Development Advisors at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, have been working with Trust managers and supervisors over the last three years to develop these opportunities.  Anne says:

“Since 2013, we have created more than 70 apprenticeship opportunities within our local hospitals. This would not have been possible without the amazing work of our departments who have embraced apprenticeships, along with the fantastic education support from our providers, HYA Training, Hull Training, Kaplan Financial, and HETA.

“The enthusiasm and commitment for apprenticeships from our colleagues has enabled the Trust to develop diverse opportunities including Pharmacy, IT, Administration, Accountancy, and Estates, along with support roles within Neurophysiology, Medical Elderly, and new opportunities within Dietetics and Academic Research. This broad range not only helps to give learning and employment opportunities to local people, but will help us grow our future workforce.

“Our apprentices are really doing us proud here at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, and they deserve to be recognised at this regional awards ceremony.”

The award ceremony itself is the culmination of National Apprenticeship Week, which the Trust is celebrating this year by inviting 60 pre-apprenticeship students to the hospital to find out more about the organisation and the opportunities available.

The Trust’s award nominees will find out whether they have been successful at the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber ‘Talent for Care’ Apprenticeship Awards, which take place on the evening of Friday 18th March at the Rose Bowl, Leeds Beckett University.