Health and Social Care apprentices contribute to NHS Covid-19 response


The Adult Care apprentices have demonstrated their resilience and capabilities whilst working on the frontline in the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic. The apprentices have been supporting patients on mental health wards, some of whom are prisoners who have been transferred to a more suitable environment for them.

Their assessments and professional discussions took place between November 2019 and July and September 2020. Whilst the apprentices have found their experience rewarding, they have also had to overcome many challenges.

The national lockdown meant that the apprentices had to adjust to becoming critical workers and as a result, their studies were put on hold. This meant that the apprentices only came into college at quiet times to complete their assessments to keep themselves and patients safe in line with Covid-19 guidelines. The restrictions also meant that the apprentices had to start working remotely with the majority of them completing their professional discussions virtually.

The Adult Care apprenticeship achieved a 100% pass rate overall with many of the apprentices now progressing to become nurses.

Shelley Foster, Trainer Assessor for Health and Social Care, said:

“I am very happy that all of our apprentices achieved a pass or higher in their End Point Assessment. With all the difficulties they have faced over the past year, I am really proud of their achievements.”

For more information about apprenticeships at Kirklees College, visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships/national-apprenticeship-week/.

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