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Amber Varden - Apprentice

George Eliot Hospital is marking National Apprenticeship Week 2018 by highlighting the contributions made by apprentices past and present. Apprentice Amber Varden is just one of these apprentices and currently making a real difference within the theatres department.

Amber began her career as a BTEC Level 2 Business Admin apprentice working within theatres on the reception desk.

During her apprenticeship she quickly realised that she enjoyed the environment and wanted to gain a career working in theatres.  She recently successfully gained a permanent role as a support worker.

Amber said: “After completing my A Levels at King Edward College I started work as an administration apprentice in Theatres which gave me both time to study and apply practical experience at work.”

“The apprenticeship has really worked for me as this was a great way of getting into the NHS, gaining a qualification and in my case obtaining a permanent job, in an area I would like to pursue my career in.”

“I love working in the Theatres team as I now have lots of exciting opportunities for progression and hope to go onto to train to be an Operating Department Practitioner in the future.”

The hospital is using its twitter account @GEHNHSNews each day during the week (5 – 9 March) to feature apprentice case studies and to share their experiences at the Trust. #NAW2018 #WorksForMe

George Eliot Hospital currently employs 30 apprentices across the hospital in roles ranging from healthcare support workers to office-based and technical staff. Many have gone onto to gain a full time position at the hospital or to work in other local organisations.


Apprentices can gain a range of qualifications from Level 2 apprentice and Level 5/6. Courses range from 12-24 months in duration. Maths and English is also taught if the apprentice has not previously received a qualification in English and Maths.

For more information on apprenticeships at George Eliot Hospital contact apprenticeships@geh.nhs.uk or look out for opportunities on NHS Jobs https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

National Apprentice Week 2018

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