THREE apprentices who work for the trust which runs Worthing Hospital have been celebrating scooping awards this week.
The Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was short-listed in six categories at the Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex NHS Apprenticeship Awards 2015, held on Monday during National Apprenticeship Week.
Matt Woolgar, 18, from Bognor; Jenna Vincent, 24, from Worthing; and Dean Wells, 25, from Pagham, each won a top prize at the event held in Crawley. The trust was also named runner-up in the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year category.
Chief executive Marianne Griffiths said: “I am so proud of our achievements at the awards and would like to personally congratulate each of our winners.”
Jenna Vincent, who won the Level 3 Non–Clinical Apprenticeship award, successfully completed a Business and Administration Apprenticeship at Sexual Health West Sussex, based in Rowlands Road, Worthing, before being appointed project administrator for the service in January.
Jenna said: “I have always had high ambitions, but prior to my apprenticeship my motivation was low due to my career path not providing stimulating and challenging prospects. I wished to move into a business role but found I did not have the requisite experience.”
Now, Jenna is starting a Business Management BA honours degree with the Open University while continuing to work for the trust.
Matt Woolgar won the Level 2 Non–Clinical Apprenticeship award for his achievements working with the facilities team at Worthing Hospital and completing an NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating.
Matt said: “My job is to help maintain the hospital so it is safe for patients and staff. My apprenticeship has taught me skills and knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to learn in another company. The knowledge I have gained has enabled me to do jobs outside of the hospital such as installing a bathroom, heating systems and maintaining people’s plumbing appliances.”
Dean Wells won the Level 2 Clinical Apprentice of the Year award for his commitment to furthering himself in the pharmacy at St Richard’s Hospital where he completed his Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ) (QCF).
I am so proud of our achievements at the awards and would like to personally congratulate each of our winnersMarianne Griffiths
Ms Griffiths added: “We are a major employer in West Sussex and we offer a very broad and expanding range of apprenticeships.
“This year we hope to take on more than 100 new apprentices and I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career in the NHS to find out what placements we have available.”