National Apprenticeship Week 2022 - meet apprentice Wendy Thomas

Date: 08 February 2022

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It's National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 7 to Friday 11 February 2022)!
 
Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers, they also present amazing opportunities for people to upskill or qualify to work in a new role.
 
To celebrate, we’re sharing stories from some of our apprentices throughout the week.

Organisational Development Manager Wendy Thomas is working towards a Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship.

Having started the apprenticeship in September 2021, she is due to complete it in March 2023.

Wendy spoke about why she decided to do an apprenticeship with Medway NHS Foundation Trust:

“After moving into a new career with the Trust, I saw the apprenticeship as a good opportunity to learn new theories and knowledge and a chance to put it all into practice and enhance what I currently do while still doing my current job.

“The apprenticeship focuses on coaching skills so there is a lot about the theories that sit behind different coaching methodologies; the power of communication, metaphors, words; neurolinguistics and the best part practicing our coaching skills in the sessions to help put our learning into practice. At the end of the apprenticeship I will be able to offer my services as a coach to staff at the Trust.

“You have to be disciplined and make sure you find the time to do your studies. It’s very easy to say I can’t be bothered tonight I’ll do it tomorrow!  Once you set up a routine it becomes easier and I like that it is flexible. The further I get into the studies the better my routines have become and I enjoy the sessions that I attend.

“I’ve had support from my colleagues with ideas for reading/research and support from the Trust apprenticeship manager who really encourages me.  The cohort I am with are really supportive of each other and we use WhatsApp to share ideas and signpost each other to good websites, articles etc. to read and to help each other out if we are in need of support.

“If you’re thinking of doing an apprenticeship with the Trust I would say ’Go for it!’ It’s never too late to learn new things and to develop your skills and behaviours. I like that the apprenticeships relate to your work so you can put your learning to use straight away and practice what you are being taught and embedding good practices into your work. I would also encourage colleagues to reach out to others that are on, or have been on an apprenticeship, to ask questions to understand what their journeys were like.  I also meet with other apprentices on the same course as me in the Trust which I have found hugely helpful as well.

“If you’re considering an apprenticeship and are unable to provide certificates to evidence English and Maths at GCSE grade C or above, or Level 2 functional skills, then I would recommend you do at least one of these first before starting your apprenticeship, which the Trust fully supports. I would also recommend setting up a good study regime from the outset ensuring your manger is on board and supporting you with your 20 per cent off job training.

“There are so many good apprenticeships available through the Trust, and if you can’t see what you want to study then speak to the Trust’s apprenticeship manager who can help. I would never have known about coaching apprenticeships if I hadn’t have asked!”

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If you'd like to work for Medway NHS Foundation Trust, visit the jobs page on our website to view the latest vacancies - http://jobs.medway.nhs.uk/

 

  • Summary:
    Organisational Development Manager Wendy Thomas speaks about why she chose an apprenticeship with the Trust.