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Estio recruiting 80 school leavers to become Business Support Apprentices for NHS

A fresh new recruitment drive is launching today with the aim of finding talented young people to become apprentices. Training provider, Estio Training, is looking for 80 school leavers to join a programme based in the North West. This is a fantastic career opportunity to start a Business Support Apprenticeship within the UK’s largest employer, the NHS.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the NHS in England has committed to creating 100,000 apprenticeships – almost seven times the current number – across the country by 2020. There were almost 20,000 apprenticeships recruited into training position in 2015/16.

As Easter approaches many young people are preparing for examinations and starting to plan for their future after school. This apprenticeship programme offers young people an alternative to the traditional college and university route; it is a very attractive ‘earn and learn’ bespoke training programme.

The Level 2 Business Support Apprenticeship is targeted at young people that are set to achieve 4 GCSEs (grades A*-C including English and Maths) this summer, who have the drive to kick start a business career now rather than waiting till after college or sixth form. The apprenticeship is specifically designed to grow young, ambitious individuals and to provide them with a skillset that will be integral for growing an administration career in the NHS. Progression can follow onto Level 3 giving individuals opportunities to begin a successful career within the NHS leading to work in the following areas: Accounting, Business Support, Clinical Coding, IT, Data, Information Governance, Libraries, Procurement, Project and Training Support.

This is a paid apprenticeship programme where apprentices will work within the Business Admin Support Departments in NHS organisations across the North West. Estio Training has opened its application process early to encourage young people to enquire and register before they sit their exams. It is possible to secure a place on this apprenticeship programme based on predicted results, or those with 4 GCSE qualifications already from last year may also apply.

Interested people will be invited to an assessment day or interview in Manchester, Liverpool or Blackburn. Candidates will then be offered a place on a work preparation programme involving employability skills training and two week’s work experience, in an NHS health organisation as close as possible to where they live, during September 2017. Successful apprentices will then be placed on the apprenticeship programme in October.

Former apprentice Harry Brown, who was on the programme last year and is now employed by the NHS, commented ‘This apprenticeship provided me the opportunity to earn a wage, experience working within the NHS and gain useful qualifications. It has also given me the chance to work within a friendly team which offers support and guidance with my learning. I would recommend any apprenticeship to any young person looking to kick start their career’.

The opportunity is provided by Estio Training who are working in conjunction with The NW Skills Development Network to deliver this apprenticeship. Estio is one of the UK’s leading training providers of IT apprenticeships partnering with other large clients such as Sky, Asda, The Yorkshire Building Society and Xerox.

Interested individuals are invited to apply online for this NHS Business Support Apprenticeship at or email [email protected]. Alternatively, you can contact Faye Brown at Estio on 01133 500 333 to discuss further. Application process starts today and will run until the end of June.

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