The James Paget has marked National Apprenticeship Week with a range of activities for apprentices and work to highlight the value of apprenticeships.
Apprentices have engaged in events designed around the James Paget values and behaviours - to provide professional and effective services, to treat everyone with courtesy and respect, to give responsive communication and be attentively kind and helpful.
On Monday 5 March around 20 apprentices working at the hospital headed to the Kingswood outdoor activity centre in Overstrand, Norfolk, for a day focusing on teamwork.
Joanne Shand, James Paget Training and Development Manager, said; “The day explores what it means to work as a strongly supportive team, trusting each other, learning from each other, communicating well and contributing to the best of your ability. Apprentices push beyond their limits and achieve goals that they may not have believed possible. The learning focuses on everyone working as a team to get a job done, overcoming obstacles and problem solving, and demonstrating caring and considerate behaviours.”
During the week apprentices at the James Paget took part in a shadowing exchange with apprentices at Norfolk Community Health and Care. This involved apprentices from both Trusts swapping places to get a taste of the work carried out by healthcare partners, shadowing professionals working for the other organisation.
On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March the Apprenticeships team had a stand at the Norfolk Skills Festival – the largest skills and careers event in the county. Aimed at 14 to 24-year-olds, the event highlights what employers have to offer and opportunities available, giving insights into routes into a range of jobs and chances for career progression.
A great way to 'earn while you learn'
Apprenticeships are a great way to ‘earn while you learn’ and we regularly advertise apprenticeships vacancies at the hospital. The skills you’ll learn while on an apprenticeship with us will help you progress in your chosen career and give you a real insight into the different roles at a busy hospital.
Whether you’re interested in a clinical apprenticeship to become a nurse, Allied Health Professional (AHP) or assistant practitioner, or are looking for a support services or administration role, the James Paget could have the answer.
An Apprenticeship is a work-based method of training, which involves learning the job under direct supervision while also completing a programme of study with a college assessor or training provider. An apprenticeship is a full time position - 37.5 hours a week – with holiday entitlement of 27 days paid leave per year plus public holidays. There is no upper age limit to applying for an apprenticeship – anyone aged 16 or over can apply.
As well as gaining experience, skills and a qualification, our apprentices are actively encouraged to get involved in enrichment activities, such careers events and short courses. We try to offer apprentices opportunities to broaden their experience, and you will gain nationally recognised qualifications that will be valid for any employer.
You’ll develop techniques and knowledge that are applicable to many careers, such as communication skills and hands-on training giving you a real chance to put your skills into practice and gain more confidence and experience in a working environment.
All our apprenticeships are advertised via the national NHS Jobs website - www.jobs.nhs.uk – and you can register for alerts when new apprenticeship vacancies are posted. There are no set times of the year that this happens – a vacancy will be posted when it arises.
To apply simply fill in the online application form, including details of existing and pending qualifications, previous employment, work experience or voluntary work. You will need to meet the eligibility criteria listed for the apprenticeship. Remember to follow all the application guidelines and to include all relevant information about why you would be suited to the apprenticeship. The hospital receives a large number of applications for each position and those selected from the applications will be invited to attend an interview. If you are the successful candidate you will be offered the apprenticeship on condition of suitable references and other routine checks.
While a position is not guaranteed at the end of an apprenticeship, you will be in a great position to apply for related employment, with experience and skills that you have developed during your time with us.
For more information visit the Apprenticeships page of our website at www.jpaget.nhs.uk/work-for-us/a-remarkable-place-to-work/apprenticeships/ or follow our Apprenticeships Twitter account - @JPUH_Apprentice – which also provides regular updates on the roles available.
To get in touch with the team please email JPUH-Apprenticeships@jpaget.nhs.uk.
Celebrating our apprentices
Each year the James Paget formally recognises the work of apprentices working in the hospital through our Remarkable People Awards – with ‘Apprentice of the Year’ 2017 being awarded to Laura Durrant.
Laura, who is 18 and from Lowestoft, was nominated for her work in the Newberry Clinic – the community paediatric team who look after young patients across the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area – and was selected as winner after detailed recommendations from her colleagues.
One said; “Laura is an incredibly fast learner…she goes above and beyond to help her colleagues and is constantly polite, friendly and kind. She has an excellent manner with staff, patients and visitors and is always professional and respectful.
“When covering reception, she interacts well with the young children that attend our clinic and enjoys keeping them occupied whilst they await their appointment. She has also come up with ideas to help keep the children occupied with treasure hunts, display and ensuring all toys and equipment are safe and fun to use.
“Overall she is lovely, friendly, funny and clever….an asset to our team.”
Another said; “She is forever making sure all staff and patients are happy and asking them if they need any help with their work…As soon as Laura started at the Newberry Clinic she picked up the work really quickly. The amount she does for the Clinic…we just cannot thank her enough.”
Laura says; “I started the apprenticeship because I knew I wanted to work in healthcare in a clinical environment with children but wasn’t sure what specific job I wanted to do. Even though the apprenticeship was admin based, I saw a lot that went on in each job which gave me a clearer picture of the roles and responsibilities of each role. I now work as a newborn hearing screener, which is a job I absolutely love and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do this without doing the apprenticeship.
"The apprenticeship for me was very beneficial, without it I wouldn’t be in a job I really enjoy. My experience has been really helpful as it’s improved my communication skills and confidence when working independently and with staff and patients.
“It was a bonus to add to my CV and job applications as employers could see that I had experience in administration duties and was used to communicating effectively with patients and working under pressure.”