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“My placement has given me real-world experience and skills which are transferable wherever I go to in the future.

“I was unemployed for almost three years before starting as an apprentice. The scheme is brilliant for anyone who lacks the experience of a working environment”.

Darren Ruddy, clerical assistant/business administration apprentice (Medical physics)


“I am really enjoying my placement I feel it is helping me to learn all the necessary skills that I need for the future. I feel that it has been the right step for me and I am looking forward to continuing to learn in a more active way”.

Vanessa Butterworth, administration assistant/business administration apprentice (trauma department, James Cook)


“I have been given time to get to know the department and see how it runs on a daily basis as every day is very different with the teaching and exams. Training on every aspect of the job has been given. All members of staff have been really nice and have helped me settle in and have all helped train me up on the different computer systems and procedures they have in place”.

Sarah Hudson, administrative assistant/business administration apprentice (undergraduate department)


“I am really enjoying my apprenticeship, it has given me the opportunity to try something new. I am doing things I never thought I would on an apprenticeship, taking on new challenges and tasks everyday which keeps me interested as I love to be challenged. The fact that I am earning a wage and leaning valuable skills which I can use in my future is very important to me”.

Sarah Redpath, administrative/health care support services apprentice (Thornaby & Barwick Medical Practice)


“My apprenticeship is going great! I am really enjoying it and as an apprentice HCA I feel like I am being given all the support from all the staff to help me to get used to the work environment and all the help I need with my daily duties”.

Charlotte Holmes, health care assistant/health care support services apprentice (Theatres, James Cook)


“I found the stages leading up to the recruitment process very easy and straight forward due to excellent communication from the vocation training team. Throughout the scheme every member of the Widening Participation & Learning Team have been very supportive no matter how big or small my issue have been.”

Robert Dowson, medical laboratory assistant/health care support services apprentice (Pathology James Cook)

What the managers say…

“We currently have two apprentices on the surgical admissions unit. They are a great asset to the department. They are enthusiastic, hard working, keen and a valuable member of the team. They actively engage with the other team members as they look to further their knowledge”.

Jacqui Bancroft, clinical manager (surgical admissions unit)


“We have successfully employed four apprentices (including clerical and admin). All four have been motivated, keen and have quickly learnt the routine and are constantly learning and developing new skills. The process of recruitment is straight forward and we have received lots of support from the Widening Participation & Learning Team who are visible and provide the apprentice with a non-clinical link”.

Ward 4 manager, James Cook