North Bristol NHS Trusts wins apprenticeship awards

Friday, 10 February 2012

North Bristol NHS Trust has scooped three awards in the 2012 health apprenticeship awards for the south west.

Healthcare assistant Sue Siddle won level 3 Health apprentice of the year.

Our apprenticeship lead co-ordinator Yvonne Greenwood was given a special award for Apprentice Champion.

And the Trust was given runner up for Training Provider of the Year.

The South West Health Apprenticeship Awards took place on February 9 at the Learning and Research Building, Southmead Hospital to celebrate the hard work of apprentices and the organisation’s who train and employ them in the region. 

It is the second year of the awards organised by the Strategic Health Authority South England, National Apprenticeship Service and Skills for Health.

The winners now go through to the UK wide heats to become national finalists.

Last year NBT won the South West Macro-Employer of the year award, for organisations with more than 5,000 staff, and was listed in the City and Guilds Top 100 Employers for Apprenticeships in the UK.

There are currently more than 100 apprentices at NBT, ranging from maternity assistants and nursing care to business administration.

Mrs Siddle, 47, and a mum and grandmother, is a healthcare assistant in the general outpatients department at Southmead Hospital and is now a qualified level 3 apprentice.

She said she was thrilled to win the apprentice of the year award.

“My apprenticeship here at Southmead Hospital has opened so many doors for me, which is something I never thought would happen.

“I love working as a healthcare assistant and seeing the results of the care and help I give to patients is so rewarding.

“Apprenticeships are a great way into a job or career if you left school with little qualifications or have focused on caring for your family for most of your life.”

Jane Hadfield Head of Learning and Research at NBT said: “We are delighted that once again our commitment to raising awareness of apprenticeships and developing opportunities has been recognised in these awards

“Sue and Yvonne’s individual awards are a great accolade and recognition for their hard work and dedication.

“We have also been an ambassador to other organisations across the south west and nationally.

“Hosting these awards is a great honour for us and a real privilege to showcase the value of apprentices in the NHS.”

During National Apprenticeship week NBT are also launching a new recruitment toolkit to help managers and employment services identify apprenticeship opportunities when advertising job vacancies.

Find out more information about apprenticeship vacancies at North Bristol NHS Trust.

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