HEALTH bosses in the North East have pledged their support for apprenticeships.
NHS North East invested almost £2million last year to develop schemes across the region, employing 325 apprentices.
And this year 500 NHS apprenticeships are planned.
Many different programmes are available, including pharmacy, dental, social care and business administration, aimed at people aged 16 and over.
They provide a mix of on-the-job training and college work, resulting in recognised qualifications.
Most of the apprentices end up in full-time employment at the NHS Trust they trained at.
North East Strategic Health Authority Executive Director of Workforce Aidan Mullan said: “Apprenticeships allow us to widen NHS career opportunities to many different people and help us secure a workforce capable of delivering excellent patient care.”
For more information about NHS apprenticeships visit www.northeast.nhs.uk/careers