Journey of an Apprentice

NORTH CENTRAL LONDON TRAINEE NURSING ASSOCIATE PROGRAMME

  • A BIT OF A BACKGROUND

    I was a cabin crew for a major airline for 16 years. I worked with many people that were taking a break from nursing or had left the profession and became cabin crew. Their stories and experiences inspired me to apply. In 2001, I applied and was accepted for a direct entry degree for Nursing in a local university. Unfortunately, due to a family crisis, I had to withdraw my application. I was devastated. Before applying in June 2020, I was working as a First Aid Trainer for the British Red Cross.

    Apprentices come from all ages (16+) and backgrounds; mature and experienced candidates are welcome

    Apprentices don’t have to be working in the sector to be accepted into the programme

  • WHY BEING A NURSE?

    I have a desire to help people, is what you hear most people say. This is true for me too, but for me, helping people helps me. When I can help someone recover from an illness, injury or be comforted in their last months or days of life, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I have volunteered in nursing homes for many years and over time, the need to find out what goes wrong in the human body has interested me more. If I understand what is wrong, then I can help more people. Nursing will prepare me with the knowledge and skills to do the best I can.

    Apprenticeships enables people to achieve their desires, discovering their real potential

    WHY BEING A NURSE?

  • WHY APPRENTICESHIP?

    I love that I can work and go on placements to get experience as well as study. This learning style suits me very well. I have a family so I will greatly appreciate having a salary. I have already achieved my Health and Social Care Level 3 and 4, therefore the Trainee Nursing Apprenticeship at Level 5 and above seems like the next natural step.

    Apprentices can earn and learn at the same time

    Apprentices can receive recognised qualifications

  • HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE TNA PROGRAMME?

    In 2018 I had taken my nan to hospital for an appointment, I ended up having a conversation with the nurse doing an ECG on my nan. I mentioned that I would have loved to be a nurse, but it was too late now and how I wished that I could afford to go and study. She then told me about the Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Programme and that Middlesex University, where she had studied, would be a good place to start. As we left, she said, ‘Where there is will, there is always a way’. What she had said stuck with me and I started my research that very same day.

    Staff are the best advocates for apprenticeships, every contact matter

    HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT THE TNA PROGRAMME?

  • WHERE DID YOU GET FURTHER INFORMATION?

    I looked online for Middlesex University, I emailed them and they put me in touch with an Apprenticeship Lead. The lead answered all my questions regarding the programme and gave me the information on how and when to apply.

    Centralised single point of contact works

  • DID YOU GET ONTO THE PROGRAMME STRAIGHT AWAY, IF NOT, WHY?

    The lead told me about an opening in March 2018. I applied for this right away. Unfortunately, I was not successful at the application stage. I was disappointed but determined to get there. The lead advised me to get my functional skills. She sent me all the places that held classes near me. We also discussed getting some experience in a care setting, although this was not compulsory, it could help my application. I decided to apply for part time with my employer at that time, luckily this was granted. I was soon working two days a week in a nursing home. I then had the evening free on those two days to take my Functional Skills classes.

    Provide ongoing support for candidates when they come across a challenge

    DID YOU GET ONTO THE PROGRAMME STRAIGHT AWAY, IF NOT, WHY?

  • WHAT SUPPORT WAS AVAILABLE DURING THIS PROCESS?

    The Apprenticeship Lead in NCL always replied to my emails regarding my progress. She sent me a lot of information over the last 18 months including Apprenticeship Leads in my area as well as a lot of other information to help me get classes for Functional Skills. Being appointed to NCL Apprenticeship Lead was great, this has been a long process, and it would have taken me a lot longer to reach my goal if I not had her support and advice during this time.

  • HOW WAS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?

    It was swift and well organised. We were told exactly when the closing date was, when interviews would be held and when we would hear back by.

    Clearly defined, swift process and good communication with candidates

    HOW WAS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS?

  • OUTCOME

    I was successful at interview and am over the moon!

    Thank you, Daniella, the Apprenticship Lead, for the last 18 months! At the beginning I wasn’t sure it was possible and thought I would just end up thinking ‘I tried but it wasn’t meant to be’. You made me see that it was achievable. I will always be grateful to you. Although this journey was a long one for me, I know this is just the beginning of it.