Have you ever thought about a career in the NHS? Last summer three young apprentices did and through the national apprenticeship scheme they have now been given that opportunity.

Jennifer Kennett (18), Sophie Rudd (20) and Harriet Murphy (20) all joined NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group last September as apprentices and as part of National Apprenticeship Week want to encourage others to think about taking up an apprenticeship scheme.

Both Jennifer and Sophie are on a one-year apprenticeship which has seen them providing administrative support for the organisation, helping to organise and manage meetings and supporting the Information Governance function.

One of the things they have enjoyed most whilst working for the CCG however, has been developing a new website area for young people called Youth Health Matters which is due to go live shortly.

“We have been able to run our own project for Youth Health Matters, developing the pages with the web support team, deciding what information should be included and we will be visiting local secondary schools to promote the website and get their views on how to develop it further.”

The website will be a legacy that Jennifer and Sophie will have developed for young people in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as both girls have decided that the NHS is definitely where they want to have a long-term career. Jennifer is applying for a degree course as an Operating Department practitioner and Sophie is hoping to get onto a degree course in Adult Nursing.

The girls have also developed a twitter account with Harriet to support Youth Health Matters @YHMatters.

Harriet is on a two year apprenticeship scheme supporting the Human Resources function within Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG. Her role has given her an opportunity to help develop the policies for the organisation, work on Contracts for new staff and help with the project around integration or providing joined-up services.

During her time with the CCG Harriet has managed a project to develop and run an internal staff survey for the organisation giving staff an opportunity to share their experience of working for the CCG and helping to develop an action plan for improvements.

Harriet said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, having the opportunity to manage and run my own project has been great and I am hoping that once my apprenticeship is over I will be able to go on and get a permanent job in HR.”

Attached photograph shows from left to right: Young Apprentices Sophie Rudd, Harriet Murphy and Jennifer Kennett.



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