South and City College Birmingham and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) are encouraging people to take their first steps towards a career in the NHS with the launch of a new apprenticeship programme.
There will be 32 placements available in a variety of trainee roles including healthcare assistants, pharmacists, ICT and business administration. During the year long placement, apprentices will receive job specific training and will be supported to study towards gaining an NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification in their chosen field. Alongside this they will receive the national minimum apprenticeship wage.
The programme forms part of the Trust's commitment to widening participation of local people, with the aim of supporting people to develop skills and gain experience through apprenticeships, volunteering or work placements.
Stephanie Crow, head of learning and development at the Trust, explained: "This is the first time we've been able to offer so many apprenticeship roles in our Trust"
"We want to play our part locally in supporting people to gain experience of working in a mental health setting, ultimately helping us to build our workforce of the future."
Qualifications will be provided through three learning providers; South and City College Birmingham, Performance Through People and Nordic Focus Training Group.
Mike Hopkins, principal of South and City College, said: "We have seen so many great success stories with apprenticeships - not only do they help young people get their foot on the career ladder in the industry they would like to work in, but they also become valuable assets to their employers.
"We offer a range of apprenticeships in a wide number of industries and we are excited that BSMHFT is looking towards young people to help them grow."
Ray Brown, sales director at Nordic Focus Training Group, said: "We are excited to work in partnership with BSMHFT. Our organisations share common interests in training and the development of work related qualifications, particularly where we can give local young people an opportunity to work and progress within the facilities service industry."
Gill Durkin, business development director at Performance Through People, said: "At Performance Through People we firmly believe that encouraging youngsters to take up apprenticeships is a great way to start a career and develop work skills. This great opportunity with BSMHFT will be the start of a real career with real prospects for many young people who may previously not have thought to join the NHS through the Apprenticeship route. Having organisations both large and small supporting apprenticeships will help tackle youth unemployment in our region."
Vacancies will be live for a two week period from 29 September 2014 and applications are welcomed from all ages. You can apply via www.apprenticeships.org.uk/