AN NHS trust has won a national award in recognition of its apprenticeship programme, which has continued to run throughout the pandemic.
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) was named employer of the year by the Central Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), which provides training for 35 trust apprentices working in non-clinical areas.
YMCA introduced online working, one-to-one sessions and weekly meetings to ensure apprentices remained on track to finish their courses.
Head of skills for Central YMCA, Fiona Carter, said RDaSH had won because the supportive Trust had given staff the opportunity to grow and thrive.
RDaSH chief executive Kathryn Singh said she was “delighted” with the win — adding: “This award acknowledges our belief that our workforce is our greatest asset.
“We will continue to invest in our people to help them achieve their potential.”
The awards ceremony was held virtually earlier this month during National Apprenticeship Week.
RDaSH apprentices range from age 19 to 52 and cover a variety of roles, including laundry room assistant, care co-ordinator, intermediate care referrals manager, health and safety lead, pharmacy technician and administrator.
Andrew Parker, head of learning at RDaSH, said: “A lot of our learners have been out of education for a number of years, so supporting them through the apprenticeship scheme helps to develop their confidence and skills.
“The last ten months have been unprecedented in terms of the impact Covid has had on learning and development but we have managed to continue our relationship with YMCA through this period.”