Event will showcase NHS careers

A SPECIAL event designed to showcase the huge variety of jobs on offer in the health service is to take place in Great Yarmouth.NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is joining forces with James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to hold the area's first ever NHS Apprenticeships event next Friday, April 24.

A SPECIAL event designed to showcase the huge variety of jobs on offer in the health service is to take place in Great Yarmouth.

NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney is joining forces with James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to hold the area's first ever NHS Apprenticeships event next Friday, April 24.

Taking place at Yarmouth College between 11.30am and 3.30pm, the session is open to employment and career services and high schools. It is designed to raise awareness of the range of roles available in the NHS so the information can be passed onto people searching for a job or career change.

“This event has been organised to help raise awareness of the wide variety of apprenticeships available through the NHS,” said Cheryl Jarvis, Education and Training Lead at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney.


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“When people think of the health service, their thoughts immediately turn to doctors and nurses. But there are a whole host of different careers available through the NHS, from childcare and pharmacy right through to jobs in finance, estates, plumbing, electrics and admin support.

“We hope that employment services and career advisors will come along and find out more so they can help direct more people towards an NHS apprenticeship in the future.”

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The apprenticeships are jointly funded by the Learning and Skills Council and NHS East of England, the area's strategic health authority. Courses last for up to two years and result in an NVQ level 2 or 3 qualification, a technical certificate and key skills accreditations.

David Edwards, chairman of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, began his career as an apprentice. He said: “My own experience has shown me what an excellent stepping stone an apprenticeship can be to a long and fulfilling career.

“Apprentices are given huge amounts of support as they complete their training, and also gain valuable experience in the world of work by earning while they learn.

“I would encourage any organisation which helps people to find work or change career to come along and find out what's available.”

Kirk Lower, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As the major healthcare provider serving the community of Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and as one of the area's largest employers, we are delighted to be a partner in this significant local initiative.

“We look forward to many new apprentices joining the Trust and beginning their successful NHS careers here.”

Careers advisors, employment services or high schools interested in attending should telephone 01502 514692 by 20 April.

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