Leadership & Management apprentices at Kings College Hospital celebrate exam success
06 March 2019
As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2019, apprentices at Kings College Hospital are celebrating their recent examination success.
Ten learners from Kings College Hospital in London are enrolled on Develop Training Ltd's (DTL) Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship standard which incorporates the ILM Level 3 Diploma. The group began the apprenticeship in July 2018 and are due to complete in October 2019.
Led by DTL's Leadership & Management Lecturer, Stephanie Kingdon, the cohort of ten apprentices sat their mid-term examinations last month and were thrilled to learn that the entire group passed with flying colours; some with results as high as 89%.
The apprentices' come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds and are employed in various roles within the NHS including, Senior Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Lead Dental Nurse Trainer, Service Delivery Manager and Spinal MDT Coordinator Assistant.
The apprenticeship levy has broadened the definition of apprenticeships and now means that apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and/or young people but offer great opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities.
Introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy
Since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017, employers are required to set aside money for education, and the NHS has access to around £200m annually to fund apprenticeships. These apprentices are employed and earn while they learn so they do not pay tuition fees and are not eligible for student loans.
All the apprentices on DTL's Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship programme are based at Kings College Hospital in London and undertake a combination of education and employment in this setting. They also take part in off-the-job learning, which includes both classroom based and practical activities. This is necessary to provide a range of experiences and practice settings to develop a comprehensive skills base. It is also mandated that apprentices receive off-the-job learning.
John Kerr, Director of Education & Training at DTL, said: “Whatever happens to the economy, we need a new generation of skilled operatives to replace an ageing workforce. If we delay making a commitment to apprenticeships for whatever reason, that would be a serious mistake. I hope that National Apprenticeship Week and the campaigns around it will help to generate momentum so that more businesses invest in what are highly cost-effective ways to deliver a loyal and skilled workforce. As approved providers under the levy, we are 100 per cent committed to do all we can to ensure that this happens and to help our customers to maximise their return on investment in people.”
Where can I find an apprenticeship?
The Government's find an apprenticeship tool is a good place to start looking for apprenticeships near you. In addition, you can search company websites and recruitment sites such as Indeed and Monster. Many national companies operate recruitment cycles with application windows up to a year in advance of the start date, so it is never too early to start looking.
View DTL's range of apprenticeships