Trust named as a top apprenticeship employer

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) is just one of three NHS Trusts to have been named in the Top 100 apprenticeship employers ranking, showcasing the country's outstanding apprenticeship employers.

The Trust, established just over one year ago, was ranked number 62 on the list which recognises organisations for their overall commitment to employing apprentices, creating new apprenticeships and the progression of their learners onto further study or employment.

LUHFT has 541 apprentices across a range of roles including clinical, admin, IT, pharmacy and management. The apprentices range from Level 3 to Level 7 (Masters). In addition, 50 new healthcare assistant apprentices and six business administration apprentices have been recruited.

Debbie Herring, Chief People Officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as a leading apprenticeship employer and our aim is to be a great place for health professionals to learn and work. Through our apprenticeship programme we are committed to nurturing and growing local talent for the benefit of our hospitals and patients.

“Apprenticeships are a vital way to upskill our existing team and support their career aspirations. As one of the region’s largest employers, we provide a key role in supporting our local economy by providing opportunities for young people.

“Our apprentices have played a vital role in recent times, working alongside our fully qualified staff and providing valuable back up services, in very challenging times, to keep our hospitals running. We look forward to welcoming our new recruits to the team and will continue to develop talent in the coming year.”

The new rankings have been developed by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with High Fliers Research, who independently assessed and compiled the new national leader board of top apprenticeship employers.

Peter Mucklow, Director, Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency, added: “During such a difficult year it is encouraging to see that apprenticeships continue to be critical to business performance and success. This announcement shows that there are outstanding employers delivering apprenticeships across all sectors, and the Top 100 apprenticeship employer rankings rightly give recognition and thanks to those who have shown, and continue to show, huge commitment to apprenticeships.”

Beginning in 2020, the annual rankings showcase the nation's Top 100 employers that have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships over the previous 12 months.

Pictured above (L-R) are: Peter Melia, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, Stephen Mangan, management apprentice, Darren White, senior security advisor, Annette Pollitt, Apprenticeship Lead, Steve Warburton, Chief Executive, Sophie McKeown, business administration apprentice, Teodora Anutescu, apprentice health care assistant, Natalie Lunt, teaching apprentice and Liam Rotheram, security apprentice.

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