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Learning on the job: why apprenticeships in primary care benefit everyone

Although apprenticeships in England go back to the Middle Ages, they have never been higher on the agenda, either locally or nationally, than they are today – and Lambeth is a leading borough in this new project. Lambeth Council is committed to supporting 300 young Lambeth residents into apprenticeships by March 2017.

Lambeth Community Education Provider Network, in collaboration with Lambeth Council recently invited local primary care providers to an event to find out about the opportunities an apprentice can bring.  From the event, around 20 businesses agreed to create 26 apprenticeships, and Health Education England (South London) and Lambeth Council is now supporting those GP practices, dentists, pharmacies, opticians and care homes to find suitable, passionate residents to work for them as apprentices.

Members of Lambeth CEPN (Community Education Provider Network), a network of NHS employers which come together locally to consider workforce issues, was on hand to provide expert advice to the attendees. Lambeth GP Dr Martin Block, chair of the CEPN, said: "For local people, taking an apprenticeship in a GP practice, pharmacy, dental practice, opticians or care home is a great way to start a career in healthcare.

Apprenticeships are available in a huge range of both clinical and administrative roles and are not just for young people. I would recommend that anyone taking their first steps on the career ladder or looking for a change of direction consider whether an apprenticeship in primary care could be a fantastic opportunity for them."

Success Story: Iesha Addy

Iesha had previously worked in various roles but needed an academic element to supplement her work experience. "The pre-employment programme I took before starting the role was very helpful and prepared me well for taking a role in the NHS.'' She started a Business Administration (Level 2) apprenticeship in Health Education England in July 2015.

Recruitment has started for these apprenticeships. Candidates must be Lambeth residents and not have a degree, and the majority should be 16-24 years old. All candidates will attend a 2-week training course designed to show you more about working in primary care in the NHS. Anyone interested in applying should email their contact details to apprenticeships@lambeth.gov.uk.

Want to become an apprentice or find out more?

Recruitment has started for these apprenticeships. Candidates must be Lambeth residents and not have a degree, and the majority should be 16-24 years old. All candidates will attend a 2-week training course designed to show you more about working in primary care in the NHS. Anyone interested in applying should email their contact details to apprenticeships@lambeth.gov.uk.

Website: www.lambethworking.com

Primary care organisation interested in recruiting an apprentice?

Email: lamccg.mail@nhs.net

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