National Apprenticeship Week 2022 - meet Christopher Eden

Date: 10 February 2022


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.

Senior Endoscopy Technician Christopher Eden is working towards a Level 5 Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) - Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship.

Having started the apprenticeship in November 2020, he is due to complete it in January 2023.

Christopher spoke about why he decided to do an apprenticeship with Medway NHS Foundation Trust:

“I have worked for the Trust since 2007 and I was excited when I became aware of the apprenticeship which offered me the opportunity for professional development and a chance to learn and refine the knowledge and skills I have gathered during my time with the NHS.

“My apprenticeship encapsulates the knowledge and skills needed for leadership and management including project management, critical thinking, budgetary planning, operational management and leading innovation and change.

“Once I complete it, I am keen to continue my career with the NHS and look forward to new challenges and responsibilities.

“It can be tough at times undertaking an apprenticeship while juggling work and home. The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on every area of life and made it tricky to plan ahead. However, the Trust's Organisational Development team provide amazing support for learners through workshops and learner reviews. They really do a great job helping learners to plan their apprenticeship journey and keep on track with their studies.

“To anyone considering if an apprenticeship is right for them, I would highly recommend they give consideration to any opportunity for professional development and I would suggest they contact the provider to find out course details and the level of workload to ensure they are able to meet the requirements.

“I have found my apprenticeship has not only been a great opportunity for professional development but also a chance for personal development and reflection. By engaging with new people and different topics, I feel more confident in new situations and more able to overcome whatever challenges may present themselves.”

We believe in helping our staff to reach their full potential.

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  • Summary:
    Senior Endoscopy Technician Christopher Eden, who is working towards a Level 5 Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) - Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship, speaks about why he chose an apprenticeship with the Trust.