The eighth annual Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards will once again shine a spotlight on our county’s apprentices – and the businesses and organisations, training providers and schools that support their journey – recognising the huge contribution they make to our county’s economy at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 16 May 2024 at Williams Racing Conference Centre.
We’re delighted to introduce Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as sponsor of the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award, which will recognise level 3 apprentices who have excelled in their work, learning and development and made exceptional contributions to their workplaces.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset. Their services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.
Here, Vicky Drew, Deputy Head of Learning and Development and Robyn Venables, Education Quality Assurance Lead, explain why they have chosen to sponsor this award and what apprenticeships mean to them.
Why are you supporting the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards and why you have chosen to sponsor your particular category?
Oxford Health are pleased to sponsor the Advanced Apprentice of the Year Award 2024.
As a provider of level 3 apprenticeships, Oxford Health recognises the dedication and commitment of advanced apprentices to the current and future workforce.
Oxford Health continues to support the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards as we are passionate about the talent and skills we have here in Oxfordshire. It is also a wonderful way to network and get to know other apprenticeship partners.
What are you looking for in the winner of your category?
We are looking for someone who has made an exceptional impact in their workplace and committed enthusiastically to their programme. They should be someone who immersed themselves in their own development and has learnt a lot about themself and the subject area.
What would you say to anyone thinking about entering or nominating?
Do not think twice. There are numerous benefits to entering or nominating an apprentice; including recognition, a welcome confidence boost, adding value to a CV, opening doors to future opportunities and of course getting to attend a magnificent celebration event.
Tell us about your organisation’s experience of apprenticeships
We started our apprenticeship journey as a provider in 2017 and now, as a main provider, have a whole suite of programmes on offer. We play a big part in ensuring there are enough qualified healthcare staff locally; whether we deliver the programmes or partner with universities.
If you know a recently qualified Healthcare Assistant, Nurse, or Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in Oxfordshire, then they probably were an apprentice with us! We also offer leadership, administration, and education apprenticeships – so we really do have something for everyone!
About the awards
The awards will be open for entries and nominations until midnight on the evening of Monday 19 February 2024. Finalists will be announced during Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (hashtag #OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00 on Thursday 18 April 2024. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday 16 May 2024.
If you would like the opportunity to support the awards, please get in touch.
Join us for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships Hour (#OAHour) on Twitter @OxonApprentice from 13:00-14:00 every Thursday for latest on the Awards and join in the conversation using the hashtag #OAAwards2024.