Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity for a career in healthcare, says apprentice

People looking for a career in healthcare have fantastic opportunities with a Virgin Care apprenticeship.

Supporting National Apprenticeship Week (5-9 March) Virgin Care provides apprenticeships in clinical, health and care, business administration, leadership and customer service roles.

Virgin Care offers apprenticeship opportunities to existing colleagues as well as new recruits. Apprentices are given training alongside their role allowing them to earn while they learn and develop skills for the future.  Tutors and workplace facilitators are available to help guide apprentices through their placement and offer advice during the course of their training.

IMG_00041Ryan Shortall, a recruitment apprentice who joined Virgin Care at the start of 2018, has been working on the recruitment process across the organisation, helping improving the communication between managers and candidates to reduce the time it takes to hire someone new to a team.

Applying for an apprenticeship is easy, according to Ryan, having initially applied online via the careers website and was kept in constant contact with Virgin Care throughout every step of the employment process.

Ryan said: “There are so many benefits to doing an apprenticeship in healthcare, especially as an apprenticeship can be an alternative route than going to university for so many people, including myself. It is also rewarding, knowing that I am making a difference by helping services and teams across the country. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking about it.”

Apprenticeships are offered around the country across a wide range of services including community-based intermediate health services, including primary care services like GP practices and walk-in centres, pathway and diagnostic services across England, community adult services including in West Lancashire and Kent, and Children’s Services in the South West including Devon and Wiltshire, as well as at its head offices in Daresbury and London.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week’s 2018 theme ‘Apprenticeships Work’, Virgin Care colleagues have shared their stories through a series of videos explaining how an apprenticeship ‘works for me’ and demonstrating the positive impact apprenticeships have on colleagues, services and the wider business.

Virgin Care is always looking for new colleagues to join teams and there are many interesting vacancies for nurses, doctors and allied health professionals on the careers website at

Stuart Rennison-Price, People and Service Director at Virgin Care, said: “Healthcare is an area which can seem daunting for a new career but with the apprenticeships we offer people a ladder of opportunity where they are able to learn new skills and qualifications that will help them in the sector while earning and working full-time.

“A chance to be trained on the job gives our colleagues the chance to grow alongside colleagues in their field. This year we will be offering more and more people the chance to join the organisation on an apprenticeship scheme as colleagues across the organisation value their input and skills.”

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