10 apprentices are boosting their career journey in health and social care by undertaking a Health and Care Portsmouth apprenticeship at Portsmouth City Council.

Health and Care Portsmouth apprentices stood together

Over 15 months, the trainees will work in three different health, care and community support settings while studying for a Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship and Adult Care Diploma.

During the programme, the apprentices will work within Adult Social Care at Portsmouth City Council, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, and within the private, voluntary and community sector of social care. Each placement will last for around five months and all apprentices are guaranteed a job interview for a permanent post at the end of the 15 months.

24-year-old Hamish Kane is currently on placement at Oakland Grange Residential Care Home in Southsea. He said:

“I’m really enjoying getting to know the residents I’m caring for. It’s very rewarding knowing the difference I’m making in their lives. I’m learning lots of valuable things in my placement, and I’m hoping to find a future supporting children with special education needs and disabilities.”

The Health and Care Portsmouth apprenticeship has been developed by Portsmouth City Council and NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board thanks to funding from Health Education England.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Health and Care at Portsmouth City Council, said:

“Our already established partnerships with the NHS and voluntary sector in Portsmouth have enabled us to offer apprentices a unique opportunity to work across health and social care, and rotate between placements that will give them a strong foundation on which to build their careers in health and social care.

“This is vital for developing a highly skilled, knowledgeable and motivated workforce that is so crucially needed within health and care.

“I’m looking forward to following the apprentices’ journeys over the next year and I’m excited to see how they build and progress their careers in health and care, to make a real difference to the people in Portsmouth.”

Find out more about Health and Care Portsmouth at www.healthandcare.portsmouth.gov.uk.