Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship opportunities across our mid and south Essex hospitals.

Apprenticeships are a great way to start your career!

A clear element to us becoming an ‘Employer of Choice is to home grow our workforce of the future; Apprenticeships support us to do this.

At Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to developing a talented and skilled workforce and actively promote training and development within the organisation.

We are absolutely committed to supporting local people through apprenticeship qualifications, as we recognise the huge value that they bring to our organisation.

We see Apprenticeships as an opportunity to support local people of any age to begin and progress on their journey in the NHS, providing them with a career option they might otherwise not have had or have even considered.

If you are passionate about delivering excellent healthcare and joining the NHS family, then why not consider your career through an apprenticeship.

The benefit of undertaking an Apprenticeship is you can earn whilst you learn, and have no training or tuition fees to pay. In addition, you will gain valuable experience in the workplace.

The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is 12 months and varies in term of duration, depending on the qualification and the individuals existing prior learning and/or work experience.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship education programme is an integrated work based training and development programme which develops the knowledge, skills and behaviors of the individual and ultimately leads to a nationally accredited apprenticeship qualification. The apprenticeship programme consists of both theory and practice, so much of your learning is developed in the workplace with off-the-job training, assessment and pastoral support provided.

At Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust we offer an extensive range of apprenticeship opportunities to both our clinical and non-clinical workforce to support their career and personal development.

Opportunities

We offer opportunities to develop your career in lots of different ways once you are an employee of the Trust as well as some apprenticeship opportunities to start your career with us.

Apprenticeships and career pathways include:

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Pharmacy
  • Leadership & Management
  • Nursing
  • Healthcare Support 
  • Information Technology

“Having the opportunity to grow our own staff into the future nursing team is a fantastic opportunity.  I believe it will improve our retention through the years as our apprentices have joined the programme in full knowledge of wanting to work in the same unit as a qualified nurse”

Daniel Standing, Matron, Acute Medical Unit, Basildon Hospital

 
For more information, email mse.apprenticeships@nhs.net

 

Case Studies

Becky Foster - Sustainability apprentice

Becky first worked alongside David Jackson, sustainability coordinator for the MSE group, to push the sustainable agenda throughout Broomfield Hospital by cutting waste, saving energy and engaging with the community.

She said: “Having a job where I could learn at the same time was more attractive as I’d be gaining a lot of experience as well, and a lot of businesses want you to have experience.

“Because the hospital is such a big place, sustainability is important because there is so much waste. I’ve learned a lot about waste, how to use procurement and a lot about furniture.

“I thought if I could join here I could make some changes, which I wanted to do. I’m enjoying it so much. It’s good to talk to people and help them do something that is very beneficial to the NHS.”

Chloe Skedge - Nursery Carer and Nursery Nurse apprentice

Chloe completed her apprenticeship journey in January this year and was snapped up by the Ladybird Nursery at Southend University Hospital in her new role as level 2 Nursery Carer. And now she is helping the next apprentices at the nursery with their journey.

Chloe said: “It’s great, as I get to give them my insights and they see where I have got to at the end of it. It’s just nice to be able give something back.”

Ladybird Nursery Manager, Lynda Bartholomew, said: “Chloe has been a real credit, deciding to take her on in a fulltime position after completing her apprenticeship was an easy decision. She is a key member of our team, we love her and so do the children.”

Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets for our three hospitals

Our hospitals are committed to providing training and development opportunities which provide employees with the skills, knowledge and experience they need.

Public Sector Apprenticeship Target - Basildon University Hospital

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing training and development opportunities that provide employees with the skills, knowledge and experience they need.  We employ both new apprentices to the Trust, as well as offer apprenticeship programmes to our existing staff and are working towards, achieving the 2.3% target of our workforce undertaking an apprenticeship programme, over the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Reporting period: 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Number of employees who work in England

Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020 5107
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2021 5251
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 755

 

Number of apprentices who work in England

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020 77
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2021 67
Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) 58

 

 

 

Reporting percentages

Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 7.68%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on the 31 March 2021 1.28%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2021 1.14%

Public Sector Apprenticeship Target - Broomfield Hospital

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing training and development opportunities which provide employees with the skills, knowledge and experience they need.  We employ both new apprentices to the Trust, as well as offer apprenticeship programmes to our existing staff and are working towards, achieving the 2.3% target of our workforce undertaking an apprenticeship programme, over the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Reporting period: 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Number of employees who work in England

Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020 5116
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2021 5201
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 688

 

Number of apprentices who work in England

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020 48
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2021 49
Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) 77

 

Reporting percentages

Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 11.19%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on the 31 March 2021 0.94%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2021 1.51%

 

Public Sector Apprenticeship Target - Southend University Hospital

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing training and development opportunities which provide employees with the skills, knowledge and experience they need.  We employ both new apprentices to the Trust, as well as offer apprenticeship programmes to our existing staff and are working towards, achieving the 2.3% target of our workforce undertaking an apprenticeship programme, over the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Reporting period: 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Number of employees who work in England

Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2020 4880
Number of employees who were working in England on 31 March 2021 5190
Number of new employees who started working for you in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 638

 

Number of apprentices who work in England

Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2020 52
Number of apprentices who were working in England on 31 March 2021 53
Number of new apprentices in England between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) 60

 

Reporting percentages

Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) as a proportion of employment starts between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 9.40%
Percentage of total headcount that were apprentices on the 31 March 2021 1.02%
Percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2021 1.23%