09 March 2015, National

CHP supports National Apprentice Week

Community Health Partnerships supports National Apprentice Week

Today marks the start of National Apprentice Week (9-13 March), which celebrates and promotes the positive impact that apprenticeship schemes have on individuals, business and the wider economy.

Since 2010, 2 million apprenticeships have been started in England, with over 850,000 people ‘earning and learning’ on an apprenticeship in the year 2013 to 2014. It’s estimated they contributed £34 billion to the UK economy in 2014 alone.

Mutual benefits for apprentices and employers alike

Mark Day, Executive Director at CHP, says the benefits are undeniable: “Last year the most popular apprenticeships were in the health and social care field and it is something Community Health Partnerships (CHP) is totally committed to supporting.

"It’s not only apprentices that benefit - employers do to.  Almost nine in 10 employers that take on an apprentice say it’s good for business and 82 per cent of apprentices say it improved their ability to do the job, with 90 per cent staying in employment.”

Supporting apprentice growth within CHP

CHP currently has two apprentices working at the regional office in Manchester.

Dylan, 17, works as a Finance Apprentice in the corporate finance team and is completing his placement through Kaplan Financial:

“I would really recommend apprenticeships because they are a great way to gain experience, while completing a qualification,” he says. “Since I started working at CHP I’ve developed many new skills, including Excel, and, once I’ve finished, I hope to go on to complete further exams and qualifications.”

Kerry, 19, a Business Administration Apprentice also works in the Manchester office and is completing her placement with The Apprentice Academy:

“Apprenticeships are great because you get a real insight into the working world, how to work in an office environment and how to take ownership of your work. I hope to progress within CHP, taking on more responsibility and building a career.”

Valued additions to the team

Gillian Hunt, Head of Finance at CHP says: “We are delighted to be supporting apprentices. Dylan and Kerry are valued additions to our team and it’s rewarding to witness how quickly their skills and confidence are growing.”