Hospital trust named one of top 100 apprenticeship employers

UHS has been named one of the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the country.

The national top 100 list, created to recognise outstanding apprenticeship employers, features all the winners and those who were highly commended from the Regional National Apprenticeship Awards, where UHS was recognised as Macro Employer of the Year.

The Trust, which runs Southampton General Hospital, the Princess Anne Hospital and hospice Countess Mountbatten House, was one of just five healthcare organisations to appear in the list, which also includes renowned brands such as Rolls-Royce and the Royal Navy.

Anita Esser, head of wider healthcare teams education, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised in the top 100 employers for apprenticeships.

“As one of the largest employers in this area, we consider it vital to recruit within our community and using apprenticeships we can give individuals the skills they need to progress.”

She added: “Equally, it’s fantastic to be able to offer new skills to our existing staff to provide them with flexible career pathways.”

In total, the Trust employs approximately 9,500 staff, with 170 of that number in apprenticeships.

This number is increasing each year and there are a wide variety of apprentice opportunities available, including roles in health, administration and engineering.

The vocational skills team at the Trust works with a number of local training organisations to enable learning for apprentices and, in the last 12 months, has been working in partnership with Southampton Solent University to develop a foundation degree in health and social care.

A similar career pathway is now also being developed for administration and clerical apprenticeships.

Mark Hackett, chief executive at UHS, said: “Apprenticeships are now an essential part of our workforce and being listed in the top 100 apprenticeship employers is a fantastic testament to that.”

To find out more about apprenticeships at the Trust, telephone 023 8120 6989 or email vocationalskills@uhs.nhs.uk.

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