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Donna proves age is just a number for apprentices

Published 02/03/2018

Derby Teaching Hospitals is set to celebrate its wonderful team of apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The 11th National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from Monday, 5 March to Friday, 9 March, will focus on encouraging more people to consider choosing this career pathway. 

Apprenticeships offer an alternative route into a career for people of all ages, with Derby Teaching Hospitals currently employing more than 100 apprentices in a variety of different clinical and non-clinical roles.

Among this number is 45-year-old Perioperative Support apprentice Donna Coates, who was inspired to work for the NHS after witnessing the end of life care received by her mum, who had dementia. 

Donna, who works in the Day Case Unit in the Kings Treatment Centre, previously worked in healthcare and says spending time in hospital with her mum made her want her to come back into that environment and line of work. 

She said: "When I first saw the apprentice role, I thought, 'I can’t do an apprenticeship, I’m too old’. But this is where I was told that there is no upper age limit to be an apprentice. When I found this out, I thought I should just go for it! The job satisfaction and sense of achievement you get from knowing that you have helped someone feel better is amazing. There is no other feeling like it in the world. Doing an apprenticeship with Derby Teaching Hospitals is the best decision I have ever made.”

Apprenticeships are an effective way of training and are increasingly being recognised nationally as a vital way to recruit and advance staff.

Derby Teaching Hospitals delivers apprenticeships in just over 10 different areas, including Accounting, Business Administration, Clinical Healthcare Support, and Pharmacy Support.

Last Modified 02/03/2018