BLACKPOOL Teaching Hospitals has held an event to recognise apprentices working across the Trust in line with National Apprenticeship Week.
The Trust’s first Apprenticeship Awards celebrated the often inspirational work apprentices do across the Trust and how important their roles are in the NHS workforce.
Managers across the Trust were encouraged to nominate apprentices in the following categories: Intermediate Apprentice of the Year, Advanced/ Higher Apprentice of the Year, Provider Apprentice of the Year and finally an overall Apprentice of the Year.
Sharon Adams, Interim Director of Workforce Education and Organisational Development, opened the event and thanked UNISON, the event sponsors for their support.
Addressing the nominated apprentices, Sharon said: “This event is to recognise and say thank you for all your hard work.
“You are our future talent and over the last few years we have increased the numbers to now have 87 apprentices working in the Trust. We have recognised that you are our future workforce and the event today is to thank you for your contributions to the Trust.”
The awards were presented by Bob Kelly and Lyndsey Marchant, Learning and Development Organisers, from the union UNISON.
The award winners were:
Intermediate Apprentice of the Year:
Winner- Christopher Whyte, Health Informatics
Runner Up- Connor Wilkinson, Research and Development
Advanced/ Higher Apprentice of the Year:
Winner- Jack Andrews, Extensive Care
Runners Up- Sarah Smallwood, Recruitment and Ella Riedel, Research and Development
Provider Apprentice of the Year:
Winner- Carly Moore, Pharmacy
Runner Up- Olivia Denney, Clifton Hospital
Living the Trust Values Apprentice of the Year:
Winner- Mikayla Gaskell, Enhanced Primary Care
Runner Up- Holly Daniels, Children’s Therapy
Overall, Apprentice of the Year 2019:
Winner: Jack Andrews, Extensive Care
Overall winner, Jack Andrews, 23, said: “I am delighted to win both awards! I really enjoy the team I work in and I have recently completed my qualification to gain permanent employment in my role following my apprenticeship.
“I’m really thankful to my team for all the support they have given me along the way. I was new to the NHS and I’m really glad to be continuing my journey.
“It’s a privilege to achieve the Apprentice of the Year award ear and I’m honoured to have been part of the event.’’
He added: “It’s really important to recognise apprentices as we are the next generation and having the opportunities are fantastic. We are changing conceptions and building careers in the workforce.”
Jack was helped through his qualification by Blackpool and Fylde College’s skills coach, Nikki Baines.
She said: “I’m so pleased to see how much Jack has come on and progressed in his role.
“The event is fantastic to hold during National Apprenticeship Week and a great chance to highlight the ongoing work from our apprentices”.