Leeds' mental health trust launches apprentice scheme to recruit new healthcare workers

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The city’s mental health trust has started an apprenticeship scheme to recruit new healthcare workers.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is offering people hands-on experience working with patients, which will then lead to a permanent job, under the scheme.

The Apprentice Health Care Support Worker role involves learning on the job and providing support to patients with mental health issues and learning disabilities.

It includes “continuous training and development” and apprentices will be paid during the 14-month long scheme.

Matty Finch, who joined as an apprentice in 2015 and now works at the trust, said the scheme helped him gain “real life experience”.

The 21-year-old from Leeds is now a permanent health support worker in the Intensive Community Service, where he supports people living with acute mental health issues.

Mr Finch said: “Whether you’ve just left school or are looking for a career change, I think apprenticeships are the best way to get a career in the NHS because you are trained, gain real-life experience and get the chance to work in different fields.

“An Apprentice Health Care Support Worker is a valuable role. You’re a main part of the team that work closely together and your role supporting the service users is as valuable as everyone else.

“You get to really make a difference.”

Apprentices will complete a Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, as well as certificates in numeracy and literacy.

After finishing the 14-month apprenticeship, they will then move into a permanent health care support worker position at the trust.

Applications are now open for the scheme this year and the deadline is November 19.

For more information and to apply. visit www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/careers.