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Alliance congratulates employers committed to new diplomas

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils (the Alliance) has applauded the committed employers who have participated through the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) educational institutions in preparing the Diploma qualification for the current school year. The chairman of Alliance and chief executive of Skills for Health, John Rogers, said: "I can only applaud the commitment that thousands of employers have already made to the success of the Diploma programme that will not only provide young people with new learning opportunities but also ensure that they are better prepared for work." More than 5,000 employers were key to the delivery of the new qualification for students aged between 14 and 19, which combines general and applied learning to develop skills for a wide range of careers. It is expected to become one of the three main educational choices, to sit alongside GCSEs/A-Levels and Apprenticeships. Due to the overwhelming support from employers, young people are able to be provided with a combination of the essential knowledge and skills that universities and employers looks for, and experience different learning environments with the emphasis on leaning in a business context. Over the next three years, twelve more Diplomas are expected to be launched, and significant employers already supporting the Diplomas include the NHS, BT, Vodafone and Bovis. The managing Director of Be Onsite, the not for profit arm of Bovis Lend Lease, Val Lowman, said: "For many years now, the industry has been campaigning to ensure that workers come into the sector with the right skills. The C&BE Diploma is an excellent platform for shaping tomorrow’s workforce and we are very excited to be part of this innovative programme."

Healthcare Heroes Celebrated at National Awards

Eight individuals, teams and organisations from across the UK have received national recognition for their outstanding contribution to the health service at the 2019 Our Health Heroes award ceremony.

London Apprentice Wins National NHS Award

Patrick Onyema, a trainee nursing associate at North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), has been named Apprentice of the Year during the prestigious Our Health Heroes awards.

Walsall Care Worker Wins Top NHS Award

Paul Foster, a care support worker from Walsall Manor Hospital has taken home the national trophy for Clinical Support Worker of the Year during the prestigious Our Health Heroes awards.

Plymouth End of Life Care Team Win Top NHS Award: Our Health Heroes

The End of Life Urgent Care Team at St Luke’s Hospice have been named Our Health Heroes winners in the Integrated Team of The Year category for their outstanding commitment to patients.

Clinical Development Team Take Top Award

The Clinical Development Team at physiotherapy specialists Ascenti have taken the trophy for Learning and Development Project of the Year at the national Our Health Heroes awards.

Ulster NHS Worker Wins Top Healthcare Award

Pauline Symington, a service assistant at Ulster Hospital, took the public vote by storm and won national Operational Services Support Worker of the Year at the prestigious Our Health Heroes awards.

Kind-hearted Healthcare Worker Wins Top National Award

Christina Ginsburg-Appleby, a palliative care discharge coordinator at Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight, has been crowned the 2019 winner of the Outstanding Contribution award at the prestigious Our Health Heroes awards.

University Hospital Southampton national winner of the Staff Wellbeing and Retention Employer of the Year Award

University Hospital Southampton has been named national winner of the Staff Wellbeing and Retention Employer of the Year Award for its progressive staff wellbeing programme during the Our Health Heroes ceremony.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals Wins Top NHS Workforce Planning Team Award

The Flexible Workforce Team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals has been named Our Health Heroes winners in the national Workforce Planning Team of The Year category.

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