National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England which took place from 3 to 7 February 2020 and was a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.
Since becoming an employer provider in May 2017, meaning we can deliver apprenticeships directly to its staff, over 400 apprentices have been recruited with 139 having now successfully completed.
Throughout the week, we’ve used social media to promote the work of our apprentices highlighting the variety of roles they undertake. This included a live Facebook session with Emergency Medical Technician Paul Halsey who answered questions from viewers and spoke about his career journey with the ambulance service.
A celebratory event was held on Thursday 6 January at Bolton Whites Hotel where emergency medical technicians who have recently completed their Level 2 Associate Ambulance Practitioner apprenticeship were presented with their certificate of qualification by Deputy Chief Executive, Michael Forrest.
As part of the event, Ben Davies from Chimp Management delivered a key note speech to attendees focusing on psychological well-being helping staff get the best out of themselves and others.
Deputy Chief Executive Michael Forrest said: “I am extremely proud of each and every one of our apprentices. Not only have they thoroughly engaged with their learning but the care, compassion and commitment they have demonstrated is second to none.
“We have apprentices in a variety of different operational and support roles across the trust with learners of all ages and backgrounds. Our Education and Learning Team supports apprentices every step of the way and helps them to be the best they can be.”
Receiving a ‘good’ rating following a recent OFSTED inspection, we became the first ambulance service in the country to recruit emergency medical dispatcher (EMD) apprentices when we welcomed the first seven learners to this course in November 2019.
Having since recruited a further 33 learners to this role who are due to start in the coming weeks, the apprentices will receive a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard in emergency contact handling and are all guaranteed a job upon successful completion.
Speaking of his role, EMD Apprentice Sean O’Malley said: “The thing I love the most about my job is being a part of the NWAS family but also having a part to play in saving lives.”
Within our corporate services, we have apprentice positions in our ICT, communications, finance, learning and development, and workforce development teams with learning undertaken by external providers.
All vacancies are advertised on the careers section of our website.