Yorkshire Apprentice Opportunities at Yorkshire Ambulance Service

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Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is looking to recruit a new generation of apprentices to work within its region-wide service.

Would-be apprentices are being invited to an open evening on Wednesday 22 August 2012 to find out more about the opportunities available.

The Trust is looking to recruit apprentices in a number of areas, including its Patient Transport Service (PTS), which takes eligible non-emergency patients to and from hospital and clinic appointments, and includes road operations, communications and administration.

The open evening will be held at the Lifewise Centre, Rotherham* between 4pm and 8pm and will give potential recruits the opportunity to look around emergency vehicles, talk to ambulance staff and current and past apprentices and the apprenticeship training provider, YH Training Services Ltd. They will also be given advice on interview skills and completing application forms.

The Trust supports a wide variety of apprenticeship schemes in frontline operational services, communications and support roles such as IT and finance. The apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with YH Training Services Ltd and the programme provides the opportunity to achieve qualifications in a number of subjects from business administration to healthcare support services.

Julie Frampton, PTS Transformation Lead at the Trust, said: “This is an ideal first step to working within the ambulance service and I would encourage anyone interested to come along to the event to find out more.

“The scheme is a training opportunity specifically for people wishing to learn new skills and at the end of the course successful apprentices will have achieved an NVQ, a technical certificate and key skills such as communication and numeracy. Successful apprentices are then eligible to apply for jobs within the Trust.

“We are committed to the training and development of our workforce and the apprenticeship scheme is another important step in ensuring a future generation of ambulance staff.”

In 2011 YAS was named Employer of the Year in the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeship Awards. The award was in recognition of the Trust’s commitment to developing a wide range of apprenticeship schemes where individuals receive full basic training, on-the-job mentorship, job-specific skills and gain a range of qualifications within an Apprenticeship Framework. The Trust has also been shortlisted for a Regional Award for Training and Apprenticeships (RAFTA), the winners of which will be announced in October 2012.

To date, eight communications apprentices and twenty-one operational apprentices have completed the course, with nine due to finish the latest course in September 2012. Twelve communications and operational apprentices are due to start the scheme in September 2012 and a further fifteen operational apprentices are due to start the scheme a month later in October.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice and would like to find out more information but cannot attend the open evening, please contact either Gillian Dyson, Apprentice Lead Staff Development Officer, via email: gillian.dyson@yas.nhs.uk or tel: 07789 867908 or Sam Wilby, PTS Administrative Assistant, tel: 01924 584041 or email: samantha.wilby@yas.nhs.uk