This week, 4 to 8 March 2019,
is National Apprenticeship Week 2019!
This annual celebration of apprenticeships brings
the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of
apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
Over the past year, we have
shared some amazing stories about apprentices in various roles across the
Trust; from winning awards to meeting the Permanent Secretary for Education.
help raise more awareness of apprenticeships, the opportunities and the fantastic
apprentices at our Trust, Andrew Royles, Estates Maintenance Worker
(Specialist) Electrician, has been sharing his experience of undertaking an
apprenticeship at the Trust.
age 59, is currently in his second year of a Level 3 Advanced Maintenance
(Electrical) apprenticeship with the Trust and RNN Training at Rotherham
had previously always worked within joinery and has been a craft worker at the
Trust for 13 years. However, electrical maintenance was always his ‘hobby’ and
he wanted to move into this area of work.
said: “I would have gone to another organisation to pursue training and a
career in electrical maintenance, however the Trust was aware of this and
offered me the opportunity to retrain here”.
attends college once a week to undertake practical and theory assessments and
his day to day work includes planned and reactive maintenance and electrical
said: “I enjoy doing the course and I am happier at work. I take a real
interest in getting things right and completing work to a professional
standard, so I am always researching how to complete jobs efficiently and to a
didn’t start my apprenticeship until I was 57 and I feel that age is no
barrier, it has not held me back at all and I have been the top of my class for
2 years running”.
new apprenticeship opportunities are available on the NHS Jobs website.