Northumbria blazes a trail for apprenticeships

Lauren Dewar is one of the many Northumbria Healthcare apprentices who have gone on to secure employment at the trust.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 01 March, 2019, 11:37
Lauren Dewar completed an apprenticeship at Northumbria Healthcare and now works at Alnwick and Berwick infirmaries.

After completing a business apprenticeship programme working in medical records, payroll and human resources, Lauren got a job as an HR assistant.

She is now a personal assistant and admin team leader working across both Berwick and Alnwick infirmaries.

Lauren, 27, said: “Doing an apprenticeship at Northumbria Healthcare gave me valuable and varied experience and an opportunity to get a foot in the door in the NHS.”

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is supporting National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (which runs from March 4-8) and inviting people to find out more about the opportunities available.

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Lauren said: “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to people thinking about a career in the NHS and would encourage them to come along to the event and find out more.”

The trust is recruiting people to join its business administration and healthcare apprenticeship programmes and is holding an event on Wednesday, March 6, from 5pm to 7pm at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside, where people can get more details and meet current and former apprentices. Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/apprentices or call 0191 203 1415 to book a place.

Ann Stringer, the trust’s executive director of human resources, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s National Apprenticeship Week and promote the many benefits that completing an apprenticeship can bring.

“At Northumbria, we certainly blaze a trail with one of the most established and successful programmes in the NHS and an excellent track-record of apprentices gaining permanent employment. It’s all part of growing our own workforce and we’re passionate about opening up opportunities to people across Northumberland and North Tyneside.”