St George’s is working in partnership with a number of Apprentice Training Providers to recruit young people into posts across a variety of specialties across all Trust sites. We have been employing apprentices into the Trust for over two years and more than 50 young people have joined as a result.
At St George’s we recognize the benefits of apprentices to our Trust and to the communities we serve. An apprenticeship gives the opportunity to:
- Work alongside experienced staff.
- Learn and enhance practical job skills and knowledge related to specific jobs.
- Gain work experience and a nationally recognised qualification.
- Earn a salary and have paid holidays.
- Progress your career.
What is an Apprentice?
An apprentice is typically a young person aged 16-24, who chooses a different route to a career than that of University. The typical apprentice is someone with lots of energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in. They are not fazed by IT and are eager to learn on the job.
At St George’s we are keen to attract high calibre candidates with great potential to develop a career in the healthcare sector.
What support will be available?
All training and assessment is organized by the Education team, working with a training provider. You will attend monthly progress reviews with your manager and assessor to ensure that you are supported at each stage of your apprenticeship from settling in on your first day to any concerns that you may encounter during your apprenticeship.
You will be given the opportunity to undertake general in-house training.
What qualification will I have at the end of my apprenticeship?
This will depend on the nature of the apprenticeship but each programme will provide a minimum of NVQ level 3, or equivalent, along with job related support and development.
What opportunities we offer at St George’s?
Examples of posts already available on the scheme are Receptionists, Technicians, Clinic Administrators and Pharmacy Assistants.
There are three levels of apprenticeships available which will correspond to roles across bands 2, 3 and 4.
How much will I get paid?
Apprentices are employed on a 12 months fixed term apprentice contract with a salary equivalent to the National Minimum Wage (£13,101 per annum 2015/2016). You will be entitled to 22 days annual leave per annum.
Is an apprenticeship at St George’s right for me?
The apprentices are fully supported by the Trust. However, it is important to know that this is an exciting opportunity that you must take full ownership of. We expect our apprentices to share our values and behaviours, show enthusiasm in wishing to learn and commit themselves fully to their apprenticeship.
What will the recruitment and selection process consist of?
We have a robust matching process to link the right apprentices with the right vacancy. We will interview two or three people for each post, with the line managers making the final decision.
How can I apply for an apprenticeship?
If you share our values and would like to work with us, contact Mark Riley, Learning and Development Manager at Mark.Riley@stgeorges.nhs.uk for more information.