Managers' blog

Tuesday 8 February is ask and employer day, as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Karen Gardner, head of workforce development talks about the importance of apprenticeships at NEAS.

Karen Gardner

"At NEAS we are committed to supporting and developing all of our staff. One of the ways in which we do this is through the many apprenticeships we offer in house.

"Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study time and also face to face practical training and education. They are an exciting paid option for anyone wanting to gain experience, upskill or change career because they offer the chance to earn a wage whilst they work and study. 

"It enables staff to continue with their own development, supporting initial development and ongoing continued development with NEAS.

"We were really excited last year to begin to offer apprenticeships right up to paramedic level which ensures we can continue to support and develop our staff internally.

"There are many benefits to providing education through apprenticeships such as gaining a nationally recognised qualification, no tuition fees for the student and also the provision of time 'off the job' to support study time.

"We offer lots of different apprenticeships within NEAS both for operational patient facing colleagues and also for those in support services within the organisation and I am really proud to be part of the team that educate and support this development and support staff to continue to succeed with their development."


Daryen Lemmon, clinical operations manager explains the benefits of offering apprenticeships at NEAS

Daryen Lemmon

Daryen said: “I love seeing students at the start of their journey and then once they are qualified seeing them flourish. It’s a pleasure to see students reach their potential and grow in confidence, at the beginning they often wonder whether they have the ability to do it, many will continue to develop and progress their careers in ways they never thought possible.”

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