Apprenticeships at CWP
We provide a variety of apprenticeships at CWP for people of all ages looking for an excellent opportunity to earn money, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications.
Our apprenticeships are flexible and combine practical, on-the-job training with academic study so that you can complete your apprenticeship in your own time.
CWP apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England or Wales aged 16 or over, and who is not in full-time education.
Check out the pages below to find out more about apprenticeships at CWP.
In order to deliver high quality care and support to thousand of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Wirral, CWP relies on the efforts of more than 3,000 staff from a whole range of backgrounds.
As well as our valued doctors and nurses, Team CWP also includes Porters, Caterers, IT, Pharmacy, Finance, Construction and many, many more specialists from a variety of fields.
Our apprenticeship programme reflects this and we are proud to offer apprenticeships in the following subjects:
- Business administration and human resources
- Clinical support
- Electrical and engineering
- Health and social care
Our apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications:
Name Level Equivalent educational level Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C Advanced 3 2 A Level passes Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's degree
Please note, our next wave of apprenticeship opportunities will be available in May 2017.
Why choose an apprenticeship with CWP?
CWP is a caring, person centred organisation that supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside to better manage their health needs.
We provide mental and physical health services, as well as learning disability and drug and alcohol services, to a total population of around one million people.
Situated near two thriving cities in Liverpool and Manchester, CWP operates from 66 sites across Cheshire and Merseyside, including Wirral, Chester, Winsford, Crewe, Macclesfield, Sefton and Trafford.
We have been recognised by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) as one of the health service's top places to work for the last two years running and we are committed to delivering person centred care.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated CWP as 'Good' overall, 'better' for treatments and 'Outstanding' for care.
We value the input of all of our staff and we are keen for colleagues to develop within their roles wherever possible.
Education CWP are committed to recruiting apprentices, as well as offering apprenticeships to current staff. We appreciate the important role apprentices can play in helping us to provide the best possible care for local people.
Read what our current staff have to say about completing apprenticeships at CWP...
Pam Taylor, 49, Wirral
Pam Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience in administration and procurement, having worked for a number of multi-million pound companies in the private sector before moving to CWP in 2011. This is her Apprenticeship Story…
“My life at CWP started with a temporary job in the Clinical Governance team.
“Within three months I had secured a permanent post as Team Secretary for the Safe Services team and after a further 12 months I’d been promoted to my current role as Personal Assistant to our Medical Directors and the Director of Nursing.
“Although I was pleased with my level of development since starting at CWP, I was always aware that the qualifications I had earned whilst at school were now well out of date.
“I attended an Education CWP learning event and the team recommended I do an apprenticeship.”
In May 2015, Pam signed up to the City and Guilds Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship.
In just nine months Pam had completed the necessary Maths and English modules, as well as assignments on social media and website effectiveness, before passing all of her final exams.
“It was just the challenge I was looking for; I was earning a relevant qualification whilst learning about ways to improve my day-to-day performance in work.
“An apprenticeship really opens your eyes to learning in different fields, which is exactly what employers want.
“I’d recommend and apprenticeship to anyone who wants to better themselves and develop in their career.
“Finally, I’d like to thank CWP for giving me the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship. Working for the NHS is so different to working anywhere else and I really appreciate this Trust’s attitude to developing its staff.”
Debbie Hatton, 54, Stoke-on-Trent
Debbie Hatton completed her Business Medical Administrator Diploma last year as part of CWP’s Apprenticeships scheme. This is her apprenticeship story…
“I’d already worked for CWP for nine years when I started thinking about doing an apprenticeship in September 2014.
“I was a little bit apprehensive because I thought I might have been too old, but you’re never too old to learn!
“I was supported by my manager to try the Business Medical Administrator Diploma, as we both knew it would help me develop in my current role.”
Debbie’s diploma included modules in English, Maths and IT and was accompanied by a free AMSPAR (Associate Medical Secretaries, Practice Managers, Administrators and Receptionists) qualification in medical terminology.
“As the NHS is constantly changing, I found this generic training really useful in preparing me for any possible changes in my area.
“My apprenticeship has definitely helped me in my current role and I’m so thankful to CWP for giving me the opportunity to develop.
“My apprenticeship has given me more confidence and taught me skills that I can use both inside and outside of work.”
As well as her diploma, Debbie also gained Level 2 and Level 3 NVQs and Level 1 and Level 2 ECD qualifications.
Debbie now works as a Team Administrator and Medical Secretary for our Central and East Cheshire Learning Disabilities Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Primary Care Mental Health Service.
“If you’re thinking of doing an apprenticeship, just go for it! It’s a great opportunity to mix with like-minded people.
“It was thirty years since anyone in my cohort had done exams, so we became a really tight-knit group who supported each other through the good times and the challenging times.
“I’ll never forget celebrating our graduation with friends who I’ll cherish forever.”
Chloe Martin, 18, Buckley
Chloe Martin is currently completing an Estio IT Apprenticeship at CWP. This is her apprenticeship story...
“In my last few years at school I worked part-time for a catering company providing meals at local schools and care homes.
“I liked the feeling of helping vulnerable people in my local community. But when I got my school results it was obvious that my future was in IT.”
Chloe contacted Estio and after completing a short interview began her two year IT Apprenticeship in October 2015.
Estio found Chloe a placement at CWP. She’s since completed a Microsoft Office Masters, as well as several courses in information, data and networking.
Chloe’s work has also been recognised by the North West NHS Skills Development Network.
“I’m so glad that my placement has been at CWP. I’ve gained experience of working in a number of different teams and I’ve been able to learn so much in such a short space of time.”
Chloe is currently supporting CWP’s Information and Redesign Team at the Countess of Chester Health Park.
As an apprentice, Chloe reports on patient activity, assists with data quality queries and even writes her own information reports. The team also really appreciate Chloe’s help in establishing an annual plan and coordinating weekly team meetings.
“I’m really happy with my apprenticeship. The work is great, the team are friendly and I’m basically getting paid to learn!
“It’s even better that I’m completing my apprenticeship at CWP. Some of my friends have got mental health conditions so, although I’m not working on the frontline, it’s nice to work for an organisation that helps people in similar circumstances.”
Following her current apprenticeship Chloe would like to stay at CWP to complete a course in Business Management. We wish Chloe all the best for the remainder of her apprenticeship and beyond. Good luck, Chloe!
Karina Smyth, 54, Dublin
Karina Smyth had already worked for CWP for 18 years when a colleague recommended she sign up to an apprenticeship. Three years on Karina is enjoying her role in the Older Adult Mental Health Team at the Stein Centre in Birkenhead. This is her apprenticeship story…
“I have worked in a number of administration roles at CWP since moving to Merseyside from Dublin in 1995. These roles have been varied and also spread across many teams and localities.
“I started in the local drug and alcohol service, which at the time was based at St Catherine’s Hospital in Birkenhead, before securing a role as a Personal Assistant to the Trust Board – a role which I enjoyed for more than ten years!
“My working life then changed completely when I joined the community mental health team where I interacted with lots of different people and within a very diverse environment.
“I have gained lots of experience through the many years I have worked within the Trust but I never thought I would get the opportunity to access free training and also get a very useful qualification.
In 2014 Karina completed modules in English, Maths and IT as part of a Business Administration Apprenticeship.
“Completing an apprenticeship with CWP was great because the course was designed to fit around my workload.
“Throughout the 12 month course I would spend one day a week with colleagues at either Bowmere Hospital or West Cheshire College where we would complete our apprenticeship modules.
“Every session I attended was very interesting. I found the facilitators very approachable and their method of delivering classes was very good; particularly given the fact that most of us on the course had not been in a classroom environment for many years!
“It’s fantastic that the Trust is currently encouraging staff to participate in apprenticeships. If you get the opportunity to take part then you should definitely go for it!
“My apprenticeship has given me an improved understanding of my role and developed my confidence within the workplace. Maybe it could do the same for you too?
Jodie Breen, 23, Ellesmere Port
Jodie Breen, 23, from Ellesmere Port, is now enjoying her second apprenticeship with CWP and hopes to keep developing with help from her colleagues in our friendly Effective Services team. This is her Apprenticeship Story…
“I spent a couple of years after school training to become a hairdresser but soon realised it wasn’t for me.
“When I saw a ‘Skills for Health’ open day advertised in the local paper I thought nothing of it, but at the last minute decided to go. It’s a decision that changed my life!
“The course was a great first step into the NHS and it gave me the confidence to apply for a temporary job within the Effective Services team at CWP.”
In just three months the team recognised Jodie’s potential and offered her the chance to start a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship, which she completed in 2015.
Jodie is now well on her way to attaining a Level 3 apprenticeship, and there’s already talk of progressing to the Level 4 qualification.
“It’s crazy that I joined CWP for a ten week placement and three years later I’m still here as an established member of the team and with a number of qualifications to my name!
“My apprenticeship experience at CWP has been amazing. I’ve been given so many opportunities, including a secondment into the Contracts team to cover a maternity leave post. This has helped me to develop and gain knowledge in a number of subjects.”
As Contracts Project Officer/ Team Administrator, Jodie’s role is to handle contract data, exception reports and Service Level Agreements between CWP and its partners and to provide support to contract managers. Jodie also provides administration support across the team for all team members.
“There’s so much more to an apprenticeship than you could ever imagine.
“For me, my apprenticeship has been a great opportunity to meet new people and gain useful qualifications that can help me progress further in my career.
“It’s opened so many doors for me. I’m just so glad I went to that open day all those years ago!”
To find out about opportunities at CWP please visit the ‘Working for us’ pages.
Visit the ‘Our People’ campaign to read more CWP staff blogs.
Useful links and information
From May 2017, CWP will adhere to the national Apprenticeship Levy, introduced by the government to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in the UK. Click here to find out more.
For general information on apprenticeships visit www.getingofar.gov.uk
To find out more about apprenticeships within the NHS visit www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/apprenticeships
For more information on apprenticeships at CWP please contact the Education CWP team on 01244 397 255 or via email at email@example.com
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