Hear from an apprentice
Courtney Aldwinckle – Project Officer
“I chose Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) to undertake my apprenticeship as a friend had recommended NHFT to me as a great place to work. I was told about the benefits and opportunities that NHFT staff are given, and it certainly hasn’t disappointed. I started at NHFT in 2018 after leaving the hair and beauty industry. I came across a job advertisement on NHS jobs for a Level 2 Business Administrative apprenticeship within the Programme Management Office; I thought that this would be a great place to start a new career path and gain a qualification.
Just over a year later, I had finished my Business Administrative apprenticeship and secured a Band 3 permanent position in the Programme Management Office as a 'Project Assistant'. I thoroughly enjoyed this role and learning more about projects, but I was keen to learn the theory behind projects and how to manage one myself. In 2020, my manager and I contacted NHFT's apprenticeship team to see if there was a project management apprenticeship available. I began my Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeship in March 2020 and after a couple of study breaks (due to Covid-19), I completed it in January 2023 with a distinction level qualification. Due to the experience and skills which I gained through the Associate Project Management apprenticeship; I successfully secured a Band 5 Project Officer role within PMO, so I am excited to get stuck into my new role and put my qualification into practice”.
What can you expect?
You will gain valuable hands-on experience working with our staff and the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge. You will earn a competitive apprenticeship wage and have career support every step of the way.
Why we offer apprenticeships
We offer apprenticeships because we want to:
- Give valuable experience to students who want a career in the health sector.
- Grow our future workforce.
- Contribute to the health sector with a skilled, flexible and effective workforce.