Two employees at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have been given the opportunity to embark on new careers through the National Apprenticeship Scheme.
Kelly Holt, 31 and Ella Moxon, 32, left their previous roles at the Trust to become apprentice HCAs in theatres at Pinderfields and will become fully qualified HCAs after a year.
The pair are just two of the Trust’s 42 apprentices who work across various roles at one of the three hospitals (Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract), and are both enjoying the opportunity to do something different.
For Ella, who had been a medical secretary for five years, a poster spotted in the hospital during her lunch break led to her going back to her desk with a new job. “I wanted to do something completely different that didn’t involve sitting behind a desk all day,” said Ella. “When I saw there was an open day in theatres I went in my lunch break to have a look. I was given an interview and offered a job!
“I’m thoroughly enjoying it, you get to see and experience so much and there are plenty of opportunities to develop your career in theatres. The more flexible hours also mean I have more time for me, so I can devote more time to my passions of baking and cycling.”
Prior to joining the Trust Kelly worked on building sites making new homes ready for their occupants once the construction work was complete. She then joined the Trust and worked as a sterilising technician for just over a year.
“As a sterilising technician I got very curious about the equipment we were cleaning and putting in trays to send to theatres. I wanted to know what certain things did and what happened to everything once it left our department. I wanted to see the other side, so I applied for this role.
“Its early days, but I haven’t looked back and I will certainly never set foot on a building site again. It can be a juggling act, fitting the studying in, especially as I have two kids and my partner is on the mend following a motorbike accident, but all three of them are really supportive. You have to go for what you want in life and you’re never too old.”
Debbie Swanston is the Lead for Apprenticeships at the Trust, she said: “Both Kelly and Ella are great examples of how apprenticeships are for anyone and can put you on the path to a completely new career. We offer a huge range and not all are in clinical roles.
“For those who still want to learn but don’t want to incur debt they are a great alternative to university and what’s more you earn whilst you learn.”
The Trust is continuing to increase its apprenticeship offering, with a number of new programmes in development and hopes to be employing 100 apprentices by March 2019.