Publish date: 5 February 2024

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is proud to celebrate ten years of apprenticeships, supporting over 700 staff to develop into a long fulfilling NHS career.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 5 to 11 February and is a chance for the Trust to showcase the diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities available across AWP.

There are currently 189 staff undertaking an apprenticeship in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles including nursing, business support, pharmacy, and human resources. Every apprentice is supported to help them reach their full potential, achieve success and helped to progress into roles within AWP.

Olivia Mears, Business Planning and Development Administrator said: “I am currently completing my Level 4 Project Management Apprenticeship and prior to this I completed my Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship. I feel both levels have hugely supported me within my role and helped me to find what I enjoy. I have gained so much knowledge and I am always learning new skills to help me progress in my career within project management.”

Hannah Wright, is a Recovery Coordinator at AWP and is studying the Level 6 Social Work Degree Apprenticeship: “I feel much more confident in my role and I have had the opportunity to put all my learning into practice. I have developed various skills that I believe have helped me deliver high quality care to service users.”

Tony Westacott, Learning and Development Manager at AWP, said: “It has been a pleasure to witness the growth of apprenticeship activity across our organisation. The journey started in collaboration with a small handful of education providers and a modest internal offer of programmes.

“Over the past few years, we have built and sustained effective partnerships with a range of further and higher education providers to support apprenticeship opportunities aligned to over twenty occupational standards.

“A diverse cross section of internal operational and corporate stakeholders have engaged and committed to a shared vision which enables vocational development and progression for our staff.

“The AWP apprenticeship offer has become an important element of a wider strategy as we strive to meet a diverse range of workforce priorities essential to maintaining high quality services.”

If you are looking for your first step into healthcare then AWP have got you covered. Discover the opportunities at AWP here.

You can read about more National Apprenticeship Week here.