Supporting National Apprenticeship Week

Apprentice week 2017

The Health Academy is delighted to support National Apprenticeship Week 2017 which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event takes place from the 6th – 10th March and is designed to promote the positive impact that apprenticeships and trainees have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

 Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust recognises the value that apprenticeships add to the workforce and currently employ 120 across its two sites in Preston and Chorley. These are in a variety of roles, some of which you might not naturally associate with the Trust such as public relations, administration, finance, IT and health care support.  But of course, the more traditional clinical roles are also available.

Andrew Stone, Apprenticeship Project Manager said, ‘We’ve supported apprenticeships at the Trust for the last 5 years and this year we’ll be increasing our intake to over 160. Whilst many people associate apprenticeships with young people, we can offer them to any age at a variety of levels from GCSE through to degree-level. In fact, a number of our existing staff are choosing apprenticeships to develop their existing skills and progress their careers ‘

According to after finishing 90% of apprentices stay in employment, with 71% staying with the same employer. 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

“When you invest time in supporting and training an individual, you want to retain that person and they want to give something back to you. It’s a relationship that’s been invested in and that works both ways” said Andrew.

To find out more about Apprenticeships offered at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, please email

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