Trust as exemplar on apprenticeships

EKHUFT Biomedical Science apprentices
EKHUFT Biomedical Science apprentices

The Trust is to be featured by the National Apprenticeship Service as a case study for our excellent work with apprentices.

Pathology services employed its first cohort of ten apprentices in 2013, finishing in May 2015, with nine out of ten moving onto full-time jobs. The next cohort is currently being recruited. For the quality of its apprenticeships, the Trust was named as Highly Commended in the South East regional finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014, for the Macro Employer of the Year category.

Joanna Nightingale, Head Biomedical Scientist said:

“We began offering apprenticeships as the Trust recognised that we had a gap in our workforce age group, and were keen to take on more 16-22 year olds as part of our wider social responsibility.”

The positive effect of apprentices on the department has been tangible, as Joanna explains:

“We suddenly got this injection of vibrant, lively, inquisitive people, who are committed to work, and who all loved science at school.”

Keep an eye on the National Apprenticeship Service website for the case study.