The Widening Participation team is responsible for apprenticeships and non-medical work experience placements for school and college students. If you are interested in an apprenticeship please look at our current vacancies.
Meet one of our apprentices: Sean Mossman
I’m a Trainee Workforce Services Officer and I joined the Trust in July 2019.
What apprenticeship did you do?
I started at the Trust as an Apprentice Human Resources Administrator, studying a level three Business Administration qualification.
I studied for 18 months, before completing my assessments and submitting my portfolio of evidence. A few weeks after this, I was graded a Distinction which I’m really proud of.
What made you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?
I’ve always had a keen interest in HR. I worked at different offices in London in lots of different departments. I quickly realised it was the HR work I enjoyed the most.
I applied for this role as the thought of working in HR whilst supporting the amazing staff in our hospitals appealed to me.
I would also be starting a career in the NHS, which I feel proud to be apart of. And all while gaining a qualification, which made this a really exciting opportunity.
What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?
I really enjoyed being part of the HR team. They’re all really knowledgeable and very patient, as I think I asked about a hundred questions an hour in the first few months of my apprenticeship.
They were also really supportive of my learning, which made the process of settling into my role and responsibilities really enjoyable.
I also really enjoyed the shadowing opportunities Tina organised for me throughout my apprenticeship. I was able to spend a day shadowing Amelia in the Business Partner team, a day observing the Recruitment offices, and was able to attend hearings with the Employee Relations team as part of my apprenticeship learning.
From this, I was able to attain a broader understanding of the work the teams in HR all do, and how that work all links together.
This is an example of an opportunity of learning you’d only be able to do when working as an apprentice.
How has it helped you with your job role?
At the end of my apprenticeship, I was offered a Trainee Workforce Services Officer role in the team. I was offered this as I had built a solid foundation of HR knowledge from my apprenticeship.
Because of this, my learning and development hasn’t slowed down since my apprenticeship ended.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to become a fully-fledged Workforce Services Officer, and in the future also study for a CIPD HR Qualification.
Would you like to complete another apprenticeship?
Absolutely. The Trust is really supportive of further education and apprentices. Kim and the team are always sending out enticing emails with lots of great further educational opportunities.