A Lincolnshire trust has launched a national recruitment campaign for aspiring nursing cadets to train through a healthcare support worker apprenticeship.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust wants to attract 15 nursing cadet apprentices, to start at the organisation’s Pilgrim Hospital, Boston from October on its new programme.
The apprentices will be employed by the trust and will train for 13 months by completing placements across a range of wards and departments.
“The nursing cadet programme provides individuals with…opportunities for progression from cadet through the various roles up to registered nurse”
They will be taught under the direction of a registered nurse and will work with members of the multi-disciplinary team.
After completing the programme they will have achieved a level 2 health care support worker apprenticeship qualification.
Those behind the programme said it was hoped the apprentices would consider taking up fast-track training to become a registered nurse after they finish the cadet scheme.
The scheme is part of Lincolnshire Talent Academy, an initiative set up by a number of local healthcare employers in 2015 to work with schools and colleges to help kick-start careers in the NHS. However there is no age limit for those applying to the cadet scheme.
Claire Flavell, strategic lead for Lincolnshire Talent Academy, said: “With a shortage of nurses across the country, it’s vital that we look at how we can grow and nurture our own local talent within Lincolnshire.
“The nursing cadet programme provides individuals with an entry route into nursing, which offers opportunities for progression from cadet through the various roles up to registered nurse, utilising the apprenticeship programme and our fast track progression routes.”
“Our vision is to create a talent pipeline of aspiring individuals who are supported to fulfil their potential within the Lincolnshire health and care community. The creation of our nursing cadet programme provides the foundation for our future nursing workforce,” she added.
The trust is receiving applications for the cadet apprenticeship scheme until 20 August.