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Trust celebrates at Apprenticeship Achievement Awards

10/12/2018
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Oxford University Hospitals was delighted to welcome around 50 of its current and former apprentices to a special celebration event in the John Radcliffe Hospital on the evening of Thursday 6 December 2018.

The Trust offers apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields, not only Young Apprenticeships for those aged 16 to 19, but Adult Apprenticeships for its staff. Funded apprenticeship opportunities from Level 2 to Degree and Master’s levels are available, and around 100 OUH staff completed apprenticeships in the academic year 2017 to 2018.

The Apprenticeship Achievement Awards on Thursday evening included Sarah Marcello from Health Education England as a guest speaker, presentations, and awards for outstanding achievements in the categories of Young Apprentice, Adult Apprentice and Apprenticeship Mentor.

"It is quite a challenge to be working and learning at the same time" says OUH Lead Nurse for Practice Development and Education, Claire Wardle. "So this is a celebration of the success and achievements of our apprentices."

Jack Dobson (pictured) has just completed a Level 2 Btec with the OUH Microbiology Laboratory.

"When I was thinking about what to do after school I felt that Uni just wasn't for me" he explains.

"I found out about apprenticeships on a national website, and I was very lucky to come across this opportunity. I had a really helpful teacher who encouraged me to apply to the NHS, and I started at Oxford University Hospitals in September 2017.

Jack has now begun a part-time Biomedical Science Degree at Oxford Brookes University.

Himashu Jasmat completed a Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship with the Trust. He first worked for the NHS in 2016, working in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Administration.

On reaching his 30s, he felt the need for a formal qualification to demonstrate his considerable experience in the field, as well as wanting to expand and develop his skill-set.

"The staff here were absolutely amazing," he says, "in particular Marie Huffey from the Apprenticeship Team, who was instrumental in finding me the right mentor to help me complete my studies.

"As it turned out, my twins were born while I was halfway through my Apprenticeship, so I needed all the support I could get! I would not have got it done otherwise."

Himashu has recently taken up a new role as Service Improvement Coordinator for Nottingham CCG.

For more details about the Apprenticeships we offer, please see www.ouh.nhs.uk/apprenticeships

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