We are recognising the ‘invaluable contribution’ of apprentices while celebrating key successes in our recruitment and development of apprentice workers.

Following a workforce investment of just over £1m, we have almost doubled the national apprentice target of 2.3%, with 4.2% of their staff enrolled on an apprenticeship.

Speaking of the success, Robert Cragg, Chief People Officer said:

 “Firstly I would like to recognise the invaluable contribution of the work undertaken by our health, social care and administrative apprentices throughout the trust each day.

We are extremely proud of their development and it is really satisfying to be part of their career journey as they progress and we hope they remain part of the LSCft family, which we know the vast majority are continuing to do.”

We are also reporting another key milestone in our apprenticeship retention, with almost all (96%) of staff who completed an apprenticeship within the last three years choosing to stay with LSCft.

Robert continued:

“This shows that people see the value and opportunities available to them at LSCft, we strongly believe in investing in our staff and helping them progress, which is why almost three-quarters of our apprentices have moved up a pay band and 13% have chosen to complete a higher qualification, such as degrees, whilst here. 

We really see the value in recruiting apprentices and have an extensive range of opportunities available. What’s more, our apprentices are showing that you can still receive qualifications and get high quality training and development for those who don’t feel that a traditional educational setting is for them.”

The success follows recent results at the North West Health and Social Care Apprentice Awards, where Rachel Carruthers, an Assistant Practitioner Apprentice, won the Rising Star and Apprentice of the Year, as well as Trainee Nursing Associate Apprentice, Umar Zaka, who was highly commended in the Apprentice of the Year and Clinical Apprentice of the Year categories.

In addition, we are nominated in the Health Care employer of the year and Apprentice of the year categories at the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards due to take place in November.