We are pleased to announce that Exeter College has recognised Devon Partnership NHS Trust as their Apprenticeship Employer of the Month.
We currently have 91 apprentices working within the Trust, in a range of both clinical and non-clinical job roles including nursing assistants; systems support analysists; community support workers and finance assistants.
Speaking to Exeter College, our Practice Educator Paul Blackmore said: "As a large mental health and learning disability Trust it is important that we have an appropriately trained team providing a high quality service in all areas of the organisation. The role-specific training offered through the apprenticeship is an ideal way for our teams to gain the knowledge and skills they need to provide this service, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification for their own professional development.
"We acknowledge the positive impact of being able to provide a variety of apprenticeships for many diverse teams within the Trust and are keen to increase this further. Within our clinical staff teams we have chosen to use the apprenticeship route to provide the Level 3 training as the starting point for those joining the trust in support worker roles. This programme provides the option of a specific mental health unit in addition to the core units which is highly relevant to our clinical teams.
"Within all of our teams those undertaking the apprenticeships, at the different levels, are able to share their knowledge and skills with colleagues and demonstrate how they can incorporate this into their practice. Devon Partnership NHS Trust provides a wide variety of learning and training opportunities for the staff including Apprenticeships and we receive very positive feedback from staff undertaking Apprenticeships at all levels within the organisation."
Ami Speyer, our Practice Education Lead, finished by saying: “We are delighted to have been named as Apprenticeship Employer of the Month by Exeter College. We have recently increased the number of apprenticeships we run through Exeter College as part of our plans to develop our career pathways and this has been very positive.”