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National Apprenticeship Week aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.

This year, and with a theme of ‘Build the Future’ NAW2021 takes place between 8 and 14 February.

Since 2017 our Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine has been working in partnership with local NHS Trusts and independent organisations to develop their workforce.

Nursing in simulation ward

This has provided a fantastic opportunity for our health care assistants to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for nursing. Many of our Nursing Associate apprentices, are the first in the family to go to University and we help them develop their confidence and ambition to become Registered Nurses.

Our apprentices train on the job, are paid as part of the workforce whilst having course fees paid.

For the Edge Hill Programme Team, watching the apprentices develop their knowledge and skills, grow in confidence and become professionals is at the heart of our practice as educationalists. Our first nursing associates qualified in 2019 and some have progressed to the BSc Nursing degree. We look forward to seeing them developing their skills and becoming specialist nurses or ward managers in the future.

Here’s just one of the positive messages we’ve received from an Apprentice who recently qualified with a distinction:

“I just want to take this opportunity to thank you for believing in me enough to steer me through this journey, it has been bumpy for me at times but I got there with your help, advice and passion to teach others.The experiences and opportunities (both good and bad!) I have been given will stay with me forever and not only have you given me the tools to be a great Nurse Associate I have learned so many academic, life and transferable skills to start me on my new journey forward as a Nurse Associate.”