Apprenticeships scheme in mental health launches after successful pilot

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Aspiring health workers are being urged to apply for a special mental health NHS apprenticeship scheme being launched in Leeds.

Applications are open for three weeks from today for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (LYPFT) new scheme which will recruit 10 apprentices across the region who will train for a year from April to gain Level 2 Diplomas in Health and Social Care as well as numeracy, literacy and IT qualifications.

Each apprentice who successfully completes the 12-month course, which comprises of two six-month placements in the trust’s clinical services, is guaranteed an interview for a full-time health support worker role.

Salli Midgeley, assistant director of nursing at LYPFT, said: “We already have high levels of interest from clinical teams to get involved in this project and ensure a future for apprentices in our services.”

The latest opportunities follow the success of a similar apprenticeship pilot that saw four of six trainees in the learning disabilities supported service at the trust secure permanent jobs at LYPFT last year.

Michael Murdoch was among the successful apprentices and he now works as a full-time health care support worker.

He said: “You’re not stuck in a corner, they get you involved. You can go to college or university for a couple of years, but you’re not guaranteed a job at the end of it. With this apprenticeship, if you work hard and complete it, there is the chance of a job. This apprenticeship is not just a year’s course, it can be for a lifetime.”

LYPFT provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Leeds, York North Yorkshire and the wider UK.

For further information email learning.lypft@nhs.net or call 0113 8555656. For application forms visit www.jobs.nhs.uk.

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