Bradford Teaching Hospitals operates a successful apprenticeship scheme.
And we’d like to share not just one good news story about it with you – but two!
We’re delighted that two of our apprentices have progressed to secure substantive posts within our Division of Medicine. Saika Noreen has gained a band 3 role in the Central Performance Team; and Amy Dempsey has been appointed a band 2 administrative support assistant.
Amy, 22, heard about our apprenticeship scheme after signing up to NHS Jobs.
“I was struggling to get a job because in some cases I just didn’t have the experience,” she said. “It’s a bit of a vicious circle because the only way you can gain experience is through having a job!
“When I signed up to NHS Jobs, the apprenticeship scheme caught my eye and I thought this would be a great way to get started and get
a foot in the door.
Varied and interesting
“The work has been really varied and interesting and being an apprentice also gives you the chance to try your hand in lots of
different areas. It gives you an idea then of what you enjoy doing most and in which area you’d like to work.”
Saika, who is 37, thought age might be a barrier to getting on to the apprenticeship scheme, but was pleasantly surprised.
“I had been a full-time stay-at-home mum and out of the job market for quite a while,” she said. “I have a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old
“Lots of family members work in the NHS and they encouraged me to do the same. When I read about apprenticeships, I naturally assumed I’d be too old so I was thrilled when I was told this was not the case and I had been successful.
“The apprenticeship has been a great way for me to get back into work and given me the chance to learn lots of new skills.”
Both Saika and Amy agree that they have joined the Trust at one of its most exciting and revolutionary times – thanks to the introduction of our EPR (electronic patient record) system. And both of them are proud to report that they got instantly fully involved – becoming EPR Friends and helping others through their skills and knowledge.
So would they now recommend others enrol on our apprenticeship scheme?
“Absolutely,” says Amy. “It’s a good introduction to the world of work, a way to build skills and confidence and to give you a foot up with your career.”