Apprentices offered fast track into NHS

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Eighteen young people are being given the chance of careers in the NHS thanks to a new partnership between Rotherham College and the town’s foundation trust.

The ones selected will join a new apprentice scheme for clinic health care assistants, who support doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

More than 250 people applied for the apprenticeships, of which 40 candidates from across South Yorkshire were invited to the assessment centre.

Tests included a live simulation session of working with patients on the wards, and assessments in five different types of care.

Eventually 18 stand-out candidates were selected and offered positions as apprentices, who will divide their time between classroom learning at Rotherham College and practical work experience with the NHS.

Apprentice Kirsty Louise Bellamy said: “I applied for university this year, but decided to follow an alternative route to get where I want to be.

“The apprenticeship scheme really appealed because it will provide me with the opportunity to gain unique work experience working for the NHS.

“I’ve already settled in well at Rotherham College and I’ve made some great friends. The tutors on the course are extremely welcoming and we can approach them any time to ask questions.”

Another apprentice, Lily Carter, decided to make a career change after studying tourism at university.

Lily said: “University opened my eyes for my real passion which is paediatric nursing. At Rotherham College I study one subject in depth and I get to transfer the skills I’ve learnt in the classroom into a real life working environment, and vice-versa.”