A new scheme is seeking to recruit apprentices into health and social care, offering them a wide variety of workplace experiences and care opportunities.

The apprenticeship scheme is being run by Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, a partnership group which brings together local organisations, including the NHS and local councils, to support the current and future health and social care workforce.

Twenty places are available on the scheme which is due to start in September 2020. The successful candidates will get to work in a variety of different placements from care homes  to community health facilities and hospitals, as well as benefitting from regular support and training.

It is the second time that Joined Up Careers Derbyshire have run the scheme with the first set of health and social care apprentices completing their apprenticeships in early 2020. YouTube has a video of two of the first successful apprentices talking about their experiences.

The apprenticeship scheme lasts 16 months and will see individuals gaining experience in physical health and mental health settings. A two-week induction will set the scene for the apprentices before they begin their various placements.

The programme is designed for individuals (aged 16-plus) with limited or no experience of working in health and social care – whether this would be students, jobseekers or those fancying a change of career.  The programme aims to be inclusive of individuals from any background.

Susan Spray, Joined Up Careers Derbyshire programme lead, said: “We’re looking for candidates with the right attitudes, values and behaviours – so a passion for people and care, and a drive to make a positive difference to vulnerable adults in Derbyshire.

“This programme is a great opportunity for individuals who want to work within the sector, but don’t know which specific career pathway is right for them – apprentices are exposed to a wide variety of roles, services and organisations.”

Apprentices will complete a level two diploma in adult care, as well as the care certificate. Regular training sessions will be held, both virtually and via taught classroom sessions. Apprentices will be required to travel to and work from different venues across Derbyshire.

Applications online via Derbyshire Community Health Services. Closing date for applications is July 16.

To find out more information, please contact Abi Ingram (apprentice co-ordinator) on 07768 145639 and email abigail.ingram@nhs.net