Trust commits to ‘grow more of its own’ with new nursing cadet apprentice adverts

Lincolnshire hospitals are looking for new recruits as part of a fresh campaign to help boost nursing numbers across the county.

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Lincolnshire hospitals are looking for new recruits as part of a fresh campaign to help boost nursing numbers across the county.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) is on the lookout to appoint a further 22 nursing cadet apprentices as part of its continued drive to encourage new applicants into the caring profession.

The posts are part of the Trust’s new nursing workforce development pathway, which was launched by ULHT and the Lincolnshire Talent Academy last year.

Whilst employed by the Trust, the 13 month-long placements will see the cadets work within various wards and departments in order to gain a thorough understanding of the basics of care.

The programme will incorporate the healthcare support worker apprenticeship qualification and is the ideal entry platform onto the new development pathway which offers opportunities for work-based placements for those wishing to progress their career through to registered nurse status.

Positions are currently out to advert on NHS Jobs with 10 posts at Lincoln, eight at Pilgrim and four at Grantham hospitals.

The closing date has also been extended to Sunday 26 August, after the GCSE and A Level results are released, allowing students to make an informed decision on whether to embark directly into an apprenticeship role with the Trust.

Careers advisor at St George’s Academy in Sleaford, Donna Jarvis said she is promoting the upcoming placements to her GCSE and A-level students.

“It offers them the opportunity to continue their learning and development whilst working for one of the largest employers in Lincolnshire,” she said.

“At St George’s welcome this route into employment for students which provides an exciting alternative to the traditional educational route, whilst also enabling our talented students to grow, develop their skills and establish their careers within the county.”

Tracey Taylor, Careers Advisor at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy agreed: “I’m really excited about the introduction of the apprenticeship. Many young people feel that they are better suited to a practical, work-based pathway and now they are able to make that choice.”

This most recent recruitment campaign follows last year’s initial cohort at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston – of which 90% of the current learners on the programme have already been recruited into full-time health care support worker roles while finishing their qualification. Upon completion, they will be supported to continue their development onto the second stage of the development pathway.

Claire Flavell, ULHT’s strategic lead for the Lincolnshire Talent Academy said: “The programme provides the first step onto our nursing development pathway, offering fully supported training from cadet through to registered nurse and beyond.

“After successful completion, all apprentices will be supported through a guaranteed interview for a permanent health care support worker position within the Trust.”

For more information visit the NHS Jobs website here –