Local Trust celebrates success during National Apprenticeship Week

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are joining the celebrations this week as apprentices across the country are recognised for their hard work and achievements during National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) which runs from 9th – 13th March 2015 looks at the positive impact apprenticeships have on large organisations like this local health Trust.

There are currently nine business apprentices working across the Trust in various departments, including Clinical Governance and Estates and Facilities. Apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for school leavers particularly to gain the experience they need at the start of their working lives, and also offer organisations a great way of introducing new employees into the workforce. Not only are they able to support the wider team, they also bring fresh and innovative ideas to the workplace.

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is not just about celebrating though; it’s also about encouraging companies like Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to take on further apprentices. After a successful year, the Trust will shortly be on the lookout for their next set of apprentices to begin this autumn.

So what are the benefits of being an apprentice for a large organisation like Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust?

Chelsea Wood, Modern Apprentice in the Communications and Engagement department at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust comments; ‘Accepting this apprenticeship was the best decision I have ever made. Not only have I gained valuable office experience, I have also learnt lifelong skills including how to write a C.V and interview techniques. Before I started this apprenticeship, I had no idea what career I wanted to do, but I now feel much more confident and am excited to see what the future holds.’

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, said: “Apprenticeships are hugely important within our organisation. I am delighted to have so many talented young people on board, and would love to see many more recruited in the near future.’

If you would like to find out more becoming an apprentice for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, please contact Michael Hirons in the Learning and Development on Michael.hirons@dwmh.nhs.uk or call 01384 324525. The team are looking to begin another round of recruitment around August/September this year.