As the NHS celebrated its 73rd Birthday Metro Mayor Dan Norris met front line NHS heroes who are studying for apprenticeships at Southmead Hospital (Monday 5 July).
The visit was a part of the Metro Mayor’s Jobs and Skills Summit.
Suzanne Ashwood, a Senior Healthcare Support Worker, explained to the Mayor the skills she is learning as part of her Level 3 apprenticeship.
She said: “It was a great opportunity to meet the Mayor and promote the apprenticeship scheme at North Bristol NHS Trust, which have helped me so much, personally and professionally.
“Three years ago, I started at North Bristol Trust as an apprentice. I remember being on induction and one of the speakers said that the Trust was one of the best employers they had ever worked for. Three years later and I could not agree more. North Bristol Trust will support you in your career and personal development. I genuinely look forward to coming to work and completing my studies.”
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “As we wish the NHS a happy 73rd birthday, it’s inspiring to hear how apprenticeships are providing a fantastic route for more people to join our NHS. It was a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic healthcare assistants who have a passion for their caring work and studies. I know that with people like this our NHS is in safe hands.”
Jacqui Marshall, Director of People and Transformation at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Our apprentices are a vital part of our workforce at North Bristol NHS Trust. Each apprentice brings along new skills and a fresh perspective to our organisation which continues to make North Bristol NHS Trust a truly inspiring place to work. After a challenging year for everyone, our apprentices have continued to provide invaluable support to our organisation while continuing with their studies, always showing enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and for that, I would like to say thank you.
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome Mayor Dan Norris to Southmead Hospital today and show him the great work our apprentices do.”