Organisational Learning Team, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

2016 - National Winner

Employer of the Year Award - Sponsored by NOCN

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have introduced highly successful apprenticeship opportunities to demonstrate a commitment to work-based learning.

The majority of those taking part in the apprenticeship programme have moved into substantive roles in the Trust or on to higher training and professional qualifications.

The successful project has been a pioneer for apprenticeships in the NHS. The Trust offer three entry level apprenticeship schemes in Clinical Healthcare Support, Business Administration and Integrated Health and Social Care.

Not only have these projects been beneficial for participants’ development and career prospects but they have contributed to significant financial savings by reducing spend on agency staff and casual contracts with around £100k saved in the first year of operation.

The organisation embraces Value Based Recruiting to ensure employees of the Trust have the same basic shared values. This provides a solid base to positively affect the delivery of care to patients. They aim to create an environment where everyone’s input and impact is recognised and valued.

Helen Gibson, a business administration apprentice, said The business administration apprenticeship at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot into the NHS. There are loads of opportunities and roles to progress to and work your way up. The support during my apprenticeship has been brilliant. It is nice to have a qualification rather than just going into a job.”