National Apprenticeship Week case studies

Date: 12 February 2021

Time: 10:00

Four SCFT apprentices have shared their apprenticeship journeys with us for National Apprenticeship Week.

Holly Dyson - Human Resources (HR)

"Before I started working I was studying for my A Levels. I never felt like university was the right choice and pathway for me. I knew that I wanted to experience a real working environment and wanted to secure a career, so I started working for the Trust as a Recruitment Coordinator. After a few months I was unsure about my future so I looked into apprenticeships, specifically HR, so I could learn and earn at the same time. My manager at the time was very keen to get me onto an apprenticeship and the Trust were extremely supportive too, which made me feel like it was the right choice for me.

"I worked four days a week and one day at college. My college peers made me feel welcome straight away, and it was great for my development as we all came from different sectors and mixed experience, so we were able to learn from each other and bring it back to the workplace.

"Throughout my apprenticeship I studied and gained a Level 3 qualification in HR. The on-the-job learning helped stand me in good stead for further development, and develop the ability to always get involved and not be afraid to ask for help and guidance along the way.

"Since gaining my qualification I have decided to leave HR and continue my career elsewhere in the Trust, but the skills and knowledge I have learnt from my apprenticeship have stayed with me along the way, and that’s the great thing - you can take your qualification anywhere.

"I would definitely recommend apprenticeships for anyone looking to further extend their learning."

Alex Gagnon - Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science

"After over a decade of working in the UK water industry in flood risk management, I felt it was time for a career change. I like to use engineering principles to solve real-world problems and I like to work on projects that are hands-on so that I can see the results of creative solutions first hand. I also wanted to help people with greater needs than my own.

"Rehabilitation engineering seemed like the right path but it wasn’t clear to me how to get my foot in the door until I found an apprenticeship opening at Chailey Clinical Services in the Communication Aid Service. Being able to earn whilst learning was an important deciding factor for me, as was the motivation that comes from being able to put what I have learned directly into practice.

"As an apprentice I am getting an enormous amount of support from my colleagues, and the whole team at Avensys have been immensely helpful. Healthcare is a whole different world to water engineering, so it has been a bit of a learning curve, which is thrilling. I am thoroughly enjoying this new experience."

Rebecca Tempest - Level 3 Business Administration for the Healthy Child Programme

"I left school in 2014 and was unsure what I wanted to do, but my friend at the time was doing a Level 2 Cabin Crew course, so I decided to go down that route as well. I really enjoyed the course, but later I realised that it wasn’t something I wanted to pursue further. As this course was only a year long I found an apprenticeship with Thomas Cook doing Level 2 Travel Services. This was a great experience for me as I was getting paid and earning a qualification as well as gaining valuable customer service experience. I achieved the Level 2 qualification, but decided I didn’t want to stay for Level 3.

"I got a job at a local holiday company thanks to my experience with the apprenticeship and was earning better money in a call centre. After three years I decided to change departments to an admin-based role in Commercial. I did this for less than a year when I was made redundant due to the pandemic. I struggled to find a job due to the current climate so I decided to look at apprenticeships to gain a Level 3 qualification and get my foot in the door of another industry.

"I came across the Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship for the Trust’s Healthy Child Programme, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It has enabled me to gain a qualification whilst working for the NHS during the most critical time, and it will open up further opportunities in the future."

Sarah Biggs - Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care

"I started my journey in September 2018, and completed my apprenticeship in October 2020.

"My journey was a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but I loved university, and I was supported by my mentor, and by lecturers, and of course I made some wonderful lifetime friends. I’m not very academic so I did struggle with the written work.

"I learnt so much though; communication posters, how to write in an academic style, physiology and anatomy, and lots of clinical skills. Those were my favourite as I am a hands-on person, and I enjoyed learning and developing my skills further.

"My placements were exceptional! Every placement welcomed and supported me, and I have now managed to get a job as a Registered Nursing Associate with the Community Nursing team, which was one of my placements.

"Now I’m able to put my learnt skills into practice, and I’m thrilled to be developing them further. Completing this apprenticeship was a great achievement for me, and I am really pleased I was given the opportunity to do the course. I would definitely recommend it if you want to progress and learn more."

Visit our Ways to work with us page to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available across our Trust.