WORKFORCE: Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust is to recruit 50 new apprentices in the next few months and hopes to expand the number of apprentives it employs to 300 over the next two years.

It is also targeting NEETs – young people not in education, employment or training – through an access to work scheme which will offer them paid work for 12 to 16 weeks without the need for formal qualifications, leading to an apprenticeship.

The trust is also providing a unique programme to support young people not in education,.

Jim Mackey, trust chief executive, said: “Young people have a great deal to offer the NHS and we are absolutely committed to opening up more opportunities for young people to join our apprenticeship schemes in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

“Increasing access to work opportunities for young people is a real priority for us and becoming an apprentice is an excellent way of undertaking work-based learning, gaining hands on experience and working towards a formal qualification in a supportive learning environment.

The 50 new apprenticeship roles are at various levels including foundation, intermediate and advanced.