Aintree University Hospital Celebrates Apprentices, Awards and Working With UNISON Sefton Health Branch
By Dave Woodward, Project Lead, Sefton Health Branch Digital Inclusion Project
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been included in the prestigious Top 100 Employers list, earning praise from Deputy Prime Minister,
Nick Clegg. The list recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices and was announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards on the 14th of November. The Top 100 companies are not ranked or categorised, they are all equal and are grouped together from all industries in the public and private sector.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said: “I would like to take this chance to congratulate Aintree University Hospital on its success at this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy: equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to help their businesses prosper and compete in a global market.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “The hospital’s success at the National Apprenticeship Awards demonstrates an eagerness to continually improve. This dedication to education of the workforce is impressive and a quality that should be celebrated by staff, patients and visitors alike.”
Unison Sefton Health Branch Education team, Marie Reece, Dave Woodward, Equality Rep’, Jane Downton, Digital Champion, Alan Todd, along with Union Development Co-ordinator, Tony Saunders, Senior Union Support Officer Laura Robertson Collins and Unison Northwest Regional Learning Orgnaiser Steve Swift, with Unison Regional Officer Paula Williams were invited to the above event on 26 November in Training and Development rooms at Aintree Hospital to celebrate the trusts achievements at the Apprenticeship Employers Awards in Birmingham.
HR Director Debbie Fryer kicked off the event with a speech congratulating the Training and Development Dept on the award for gaining over 400 apprentices in Aintree Hospital. Debbie went on to say what a great partnership the trust had gained with Unison Sefton health Branch and Unionlearn. In the beginning, project manager, Laura Robertson-Collins and lead ULR Marie Reece worked in partnership with the T+D dept getting Unison ULRs in contact with and working alongside staff in traditionally hard to reach departments such as domestics, catering, Laundry workers, Healthcare Assistants and The Porters dept. They enthused staff back into education and learning, enabling them to not only gain a qualification in their roles they perform in the working of a top teaching hospital but also pick up qualifications in the governments key skills agenda, Maths and English.
After the speeches and a buffet lunch Tony Saunders from Unionlearn and I spoke to Debbie Fryer about the Digital Inclusion Project we are running at the moment in Aintree. It uses the same format as the Apprenticeship scheme, getting people interested in the digital age with basic one 2 one information on the benefits and pitfalls of shopping on-line saving them money and how to achieve the best deals buying equipment (we signpost to a refurbished computer scheme) and the best service providers for their particular needs.
A great event, one that shows the close work that UNISON and organisations can do around learning and lots of work we can do in the future.