Trust scores apprenticeship success

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

North Bristol NHS Trust has won the category of Macro Employer of the Year for the south west at the regional National Apprenticeship Service Awards.

The award, for companies with more than 5,000 staff, was announced at the regional final event in Taunton on September 18 and the Trust will now go forward to the national finals in November.

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and Apprenticeship employers.

Andrea Young, chief executive of North Bristol NHS Trust said: "It is great that we have been recognised regionally for the tremendous work and commitment of the Teaching team and those who support our apprenticeship programme.

"It is another example of the Trust’s investment in ensuring staff  are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed to providing high quality care to our patients.

"Well done to all involved – and good luck at the national final in November."

North Bristol NHS Trust are rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in the Trust's first inspection, earlier this year, for the standard of apprenticeships at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals and in community health services.

The Trust’s vocational education team also achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade for the quality of outcomes for learners.

Almost all apprentices at North Bristol NHS Trust go on to higher-level qualifications or a job.

This year there have been 698 full-time apprentices at the Trust in clinical and non-clinical roles like nursing or accountancy.

Last year the Trust won three awards in the south west National Apprenticeship Service Awards and was named Macro Employer of the Year in 2011.

See a list of the regional winners and highly commended employers here.