Appreciation for Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust apprentices Sarah Brown and Lauren Pearse (left and right) pictured with the Trust's Director of Operations Sarah Fatchett (centre).
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust apprentices Sarah Brown and Lauren Pearse (left and right) pictured with the Trust's Director of Operations Sarah Fatchett (centre).

THE Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has been named Employer of the Year in the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Apprenticeship Awards 2011.

The award is in recognition of the Trust’s commitment to its apprenticeship schemes, including full basic training and on-the-job mentorship, with opportunities to learn job-specific skills and gain a wide range of qualifications.

A presentation ceremony took place on September 16 at the Hilton Hotel Leeds.

At Yorkshire Ambulance Service, many apprentices work in the non-emergency Patient Transport Service’s road operations and communications divisions. These offer great prospects for a future career with the ambulance service. So far, 54 apprentices have completed the scheme and a further 28 are due to complete their training by January 31 2012.

Judges chose Yorkshire Ambulance Service as Employer of the Year because ‘they clearly showed how they had committed resources and were working with key stakeholders in the ongoing implementation and development of apprenticeship programmes they offer. They showed a clear business case for this commitment and demonstrated that they are ‘leading from the front’ in terms of the implementation of apprenticeships within the NHS English ambulance services’.

Sarah Fatchett, Executive Director of Operations for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “We are thrilled to receive these awards which demonstrate the success of our apprenticeship schemes. We are committed to the training and development of our workforce and our apprenticeship schemes are another important step in ensuring a future generation of ambulance staff.”

Chris Sharp, Learning and Development Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “Our apprentices have been described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ and their commitment and enthusiasm has energised an entire workforce. By establishing this scheme we have been rewarded with some great staff who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to join the ambulance service.”

The Apprenticeship Framework achievement rate within Yorkshire Ambulance Service is 90 per cent and the vast majority of apprentices who have completed the scheme are now employed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

For further information about the apprenticeship scheme email apprenticeships@yas.nhs.uk