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We are the South West's first NHS organisation to sign UNISON’s Apprenticeship Charter

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in #ProudofDPT, Mental health, News on 27th July, 2022

We have formally signed-up to UNISON’s Apprenticeship Charter, committing us to better rights for workers.

UNISON’s charter highlights well-funded, high-quality apprenticeships leading to a meaningful job, making an important contribution in addressing skills gaps and tackling unemployment. It also calls for apprenticeships to be developed jointly by employers, trade unions, training providers, and apprentices.

Under the charter, the organisation has pledged to do everything it possibly can to grant apprentices rights to an employment contract and a job offer once their apprenticeship is complete.

Paul Blackmore, our lead for apprenticeships, said: “We’re proud to be the first NHS Trust in the South West to partner with UNISON in signing the charter. Working together with UNISON to offer the promises of the charter will support a positive future for the Trust.”

Dr Floraidh Rolf, Head of Education and Training, said: ”Apprentices are an amazing and integral part of our Trust’s workforce and its future. The programme offers lots of opportunities to both recruit and retain employees by enabling new staff to join and existing staff to upskill.”

Caroline Emery, UNISON staffside representative, said: “We have been working towards this for the past two years. The work we have done with the Trust in that time has concreted their commitment to apprentices.

“We are proud to have been the first South West branch to get to this point and we hope our work can be a model for future agreements in the region.

“The charter will be proudly displayed in the main reception of the Wonford House site for all to see.”

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