Apprentices at NHS Trust rise to the top

by CWP News - 18 March 2016

Young people across Cheshire and Wirral are developing their careers with one of the North West’s leading mental health trusts.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) apprentices have posted a self-made video sharing their personal experiences of the apprenticeship programme to celebrate the 9thannual National Apprenticeship Week (14th-19th March). 

The video, entitled ‘A day in the life of an apprentice’, includes stories from over 6 young people who are currently undergoing an apprenticeship with one of the many services across CWP.

David Harris, Director of People and Organisational Development for the Trust, said: “The best thing about apprenticeships with CWP is that young people have the opportunity to push themselves within their roles and gain a great foundation for their professional future. We have such a wide range of apprentice roles available, from clinical to administrative, and offer excellent progression opportunities. It really is a fantastic scheme that allows young people to develop their careers and to contribute fully to the important work of the Trust.”

 Jamie Smith, a Clinical Support Worker apprentice at Springview Hospital, said: “When I was made redundant from my job as a sales account manager, I knew I wanted a change of career to something I really enjoyed. I knew that I wanted to move into the NHS for better prospects, so I was looking to apply for bank work when I came across the apprenticeship and I thought it would be the perfect way to gain the experience that I needed.”

Jamie added: “My apprenticeship finished in May 2016, and I have just been successful in obtaining a permanent band 3 post on Meadowbank Ward. In the future, I’ll be looking into the prospect of applying for a band 5 nursing post.”

The video can be viewed on CWP’s YouTube channel at

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