UHDB honoured for ongoing work offering opportunities to youngsters in the community | Apprenticeship stories

UHDB honoured for ongoing work offering opportunities to youngsters in the community

UHDB’s commitment to educating and offering career opportunities to young people in the community has been acknowledged with an award.

The Trust has worked closely with Derby College for nearly 20 years and launched the Derby Academy back in 2015 to give students aged 16-19 the opportunity to gain an insight and experience of working in our hospitals.

As part of this, youngsters at the college are able to complete both clinical and non-clinical placements on wards, with the Trust having a role in co-designing Health and Social Care students’ study programme, in order to prepare them for a career working in healthcare.     

We also offer specialist sessions on a number of fundamental subjects, like infection prevention and control, equality and inclusion – with Derby College Group recognising this work by ‘virtually’ presenting the Trust with its Employer Academy of the Year Award.

Faye Leatt, Apprenticeship and Vocational and Development Manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this award. It has been our pleasure to work with the college, to develop the curriculum for all levels, provide enhanced placements and watch the students grow. Some have joined us as Apprentices, others to University – whichever direction decided, they have the fundamental skills to become a Health and Social Care professional of their choice.”

The Trust is also set to offer similar opportunities to students at University Technical College Derby from September as part of a new education and technical skills programme. A virtual open day will take place on Tuesday 7 July, which you can find out more about here.

Providing these routes into healthcare for our potential “workforce of the future” is a key priority at UHDB, with the Trust demonstrating this last year by participating in BBC Two show ‘The Big Hospital Experiment’, which followed 14 young volunteers as they worked in some of the busiest areas at Royal Derby Hospital.

Faye added: “Supporting our young people and the local community to work across the health and social care sector is key for our workforce of the future. As a Trust, this has aided our career pipeline, introducing our potential future workforce, to the world of work and highlights the values and expectations required within health and social care.

“Huge thanks go to the enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism provided by our Learning & Education Team, which has enabled us to build the Employer Academy over the past 5 years and achieve the success that it is today. Team UHDB are looking forward to developing our offer further to the young people across Derbyshire and Staffordshire.”

Applications for the Rotational Health and Social Care Apprenticeship are now OPEN!

With 20 positions available, the programme is a fantastic opportunity for students, job seekers or those fancying a change of career to gain a real insight into the range of different roles, services and organisations health and social care has to offer in Derbyshire.

For more information and to apply, click here.


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