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Apprenticeships at Lancashire Care

Posted on the 7th March 2019

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing alternatives opportunities to college and university to help people develop in to long-term successful careers.

Apprenticeships offer people with an alternative route into skilled employment and are a great way to earn whilst you learn and gain vital work experience. They are available to people of all ages making them a great option for anyone looking to change their career path, improve their skills in order to secure a new role or re-enter employment after taking time out. Undertaking an Apprenticeship at the Trust provides people with the chance to do what they believe in, whilst making a difference to the lives of the people of Lancashire and beyond!

The Trust has recently met the public sector target for Apprentices, with 2.3% of the workforce signed up to an apprenticeship programme. The success of the Apprenticeship Scheme is a result of the support that is on offer to apprentices including; confidence building, buddy system, support groups and team building days. All of the Trust’s apprentices can enjoy working and learning while feeling well supported in their role, making the Trust a great place to complete an apprenticeship.

Damian Gallagher, Director of Workforce and OD at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

 "The Trust values and supports all our Apprentices. This is about nurturing our apprentices to secure the workforce of the future.We facilitate lots of team building days for our apprentices to ensure that their health and wellbeing is being met and promoting the social side of apprenticeships. As part of Military March and National Apprenticeships week Lancashire Care in Partnership with the Armed Forces arranged a Team building leadership day at Preston Army Barracks to help new apprentice recruits build their leadership and problem solving skills while developing valuable friendships. The day was a real success with apprentices learning about the similarities between roles in the armed forces and transferable skills between both organisations. As part of the day the group were given a guided tour of the Military museum plus set a series of scenarios to be solved using a variety of skills including resilience, problem solving, leadership and communication, the whole group achieved a certificate of completion.

“We also celebrated our apprentices at an event where apprentices received awards for compassion, excellence and recognition of apprentice ambassadors.”

Jacob Vaughan Accounts apprentice at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust said

“One of the reasons I chose an apprenticeship was to meet new people. Having gone through High School and Sixth form at the same place, I knew this apprenticeship would allow me to meet people of different ages and from different places. This has helped me to develop as a person and also to make new friends.”

For more information please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/apprenticeships or to apply for one of our vacancies please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/working-for-us.