30th December 2016 – A bright new future for Airedale Hospital’s apprentices
It’s a bright New Year for a dozen apprentice health care support workers who couldn’t wait to start work on the wards and in other clinical areas at Airedale Hospital.
Following an intensive induction, the new recruits will be working alongside and under the supervision of experienced clinical staff as part of a 12 month apprenticeship delivering care to patients.
The apprentices will study for a diploma in health and social care and have classroom based sessions delivered by Keighley College at Airedale Hospital’s site. This is a partnership venture between Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the college’s health and social care team which will guarantee the apprentices a permanent job at the completion of their apprenticeship.
Ian Hargreaves, assistant director at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is our first group of apprentice health care support workers and we are delighted to have them on board.”
“They couldn’t wait to start working in earnest, they’re keen to learn and desperate to make a positive difference for patients.”
“It is fantastic to be working in partnership with Keighley College; their teaching and assessing expertise will be a critical part of our apprenticeship programme.”
The trust is currently recruiting a second group of apprentices to start work at the end of February and a third group later in the spring.