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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

08 Mar 2019 15:02:07
Andy apprentice

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.

To 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.

Andy, age 59, is currently in his second year of a Level 3 Advanced Maintenance (Electrical) apprenticeship with the Trust and RNN Training at Rotherham College.

Andy 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.

Andy 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”.

Andy attends college once a week to undertake practical and theory assessments and his day to day work includes planned and reactive maintenance and electrical installations.

He 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 high standard.

“I 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”.

All new apprenticeship opportunities are available on the NHS Jobs website.