Young people from across Staffordshire and Burton on Trent are being given the unique opportunity to start a career in the NHS while training for a recognised qualification.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust, the UK’s largest integrated health and adult social care NHS Trust has launched a Support Worker Apprenticeship Academy to nurture its own caring and compassionate workforce.

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Thirty places are available to young people aged 16 and over who will be able to develop a career in the NHS by gaining hands on health and social care experience.

Successful candidates will work in one of five community hospitals or one of the many community settings where the Partnership Trust provides services.

In partnership with Stafford College, the apprentices will also study for an Apprenticeship Level 2 qualification in health and social care and once this is achieved will be able to continue their learning or apply for caring and clinical roles within the Partnership Trust.

Stuart Poynor, Partnership Trust Chief Executive, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for those people who want to develop a career in the NHS and are willing to learn from an experienced team. In turn, we will be able to “grow our own” enthusiastic staff who are committed to high quality care for all.”

Julie Tanner, Director of Workforce and Development, said: “Each apprentice will follow a modular pathway in health and social care, taking units in areas such as communication, duty of care, safeguarding and protection as well as health and safety.“

If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please contact Aprile Wylie, Learning and Development Officer by emailing