MP Visits First Community Health and Care Apprentices

Published on 06/11/2013
First Community Health and Care Apprentices

On Friday 1 November MP for East Surrey, Sam Gyimah, met First Community Health & Care Apprentices at Caterham Dene Hospital to find out how they are getting on in their new workplace.

First Community Health and Care pledged for 3 apprentices as part of Sam’s ‘100 apprenticeships in 100 days’ campaign which ran earlier this year. The campaign, which encouraged local businesses to provide employment opportunities for young people, exceeded its target, securing 108 apprenticeship pledges from local businesses and organisations.

Local community healthcare provider, First Community Health and Care, made the commitment to take on 3 apprentices at Sam’s Caterham ‘drop in business’ event. Their apprentices are currently completing a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeships, working in partnership with East Surrey College.

Apprentices Tyrell Wray, Matthew Parker and Summer Penfold aged between 17 and 19 started their new roles in October and will be based at First Community Headquarters in Redhill, also visiting other sites across the Redhill, Reigate & Tandridge area.

They will have the opportunity to work within a range of departments such as Estates, Communications, and Business Support, gaining skills in Business Administration, rotating through the different teams throughout the year to gain a wealth of experience.

Speaking about their experiences the apprentices said:

Summer Penfold  Age 19:
“I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship with First Community, I believe the experience and knowledge I will gain here will be greatly beneficial for my future career. Although the qualifications are in Business Administration, everything we do is for the improvement of patient care. It’s great to be able to make the connection.”

Matthew Parker Age 18:
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to for me, and up until now I didn’t really value what an apprenticeship was, and the possibilities that comes with it. It’s important that young people like myself understand that there is a different way to gain valuable work experience, by learning and doing qualifications at the same time as well as enjoy themselves whilst doing so.”

Tyrell Wray Age 17:
“I feel that having this apprenticeship is the best career start that I can have. I didn’t realise that you could get this experience in the NHS. As well as getting the business administration qualifications I will be gaining first-hand experience in a really wide range of areas such as estates, communications and patient safety and will be able to go into another job confident in what I am doing.”

Philip Greenhill, Managing Director of First Community Health and Care said:
“At First Community we are passionate about adding value back into our community. This fantastic scheme [‘100 in 100’] has given First Community Health and Care an opportunity to offer something completely new within our company, and to support the learning of three young local people with great potential. Giving them a chance to learn and develop through working with professionals gives them valuable insight into the running of a business."

Speaking after the visit, Mr Gyimah said:
“Meeting these talented and dedicated apprentices makes the 100 in 100 campaign come to life. It is wonderful to see the next generation benefit from opportunities that local businesses are providing. The tailored training scheme that First Community and East Surrey College are delivering for these apprentices means that essential skills and experiences are being developed which will be invaluable for their future careers. My thanks must go out to all those businesses which took part in the 100 in 100 campaign earlier this year. After my visit to First Community at Caterham Dene Hospital it is clear that these opportunities make a real difference to the lives of young people.” 

Jayne Dickinson. Principal and Chief Executive at East Surrey College said:
“I am delighted we will be able to support these young people with their apprenticeships with First Community Health and Care. At East Surrey College we have seen a real increase in the number of young people choosing our Apprenticeship route and going on to very successful careers. Not only are they gaining valuable qualifications they are learning the specific skills employers, such as First Community Health and Care need to succeed in today’s competitive market."