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Simone’s another Swatpro first!


Swatpro partners have been at the forefront of introducing the new Apprenticeship Standards training in their respective fields.

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Simone John has been at the very start of this new employer friendly approach to apprenticeships, achieving the Standards based qualification – and she earned a Distinction!

The Trust is a dedicated training organisation and has a proud record at training new entrants and upskilling existing staff in a range of disciplines.

Simone joined the team at Southmead Hospital as a Band 2 Trainee Nurse Associate (TNA) and has now qualified with a Level 2 Apprentice Standard in Health & Social Care.

Rebecca Holmes, the Trust’s practice development teacher, explains: “Simone has been required to support the nursing team, provide pastoral care to patients and carry out some clinical tasks.

“It was a pleasure to work with her through the process and help her development.

“It’s always gratifying to see someone excited about their career and seeking progression.

“I feel I also should thank everyone on the fantastic ward she worked on for their help as well!”

Rebecca says the new Standards involved a more knowledge-based training for Simone, with plenty of reflection on what is being learnt and what its significance is.

The Trust undertakes all its training in-house, combining practical ward work, with classroom theory.

“Simone hopes to qualify as a nurse eventually, and the apprenticeship has certainly cleared the way to take the next step up the ladder towards that,” Rebecca adds.

Simone says: “I learn better on the job… in that I’m learning what I’m doing in practice. Learn and practice, it’s a deeper form of learning, it’s more than theory.

“The things you are learning in the classroom you are doing in the real world, it makes more sense to me.”

She also praises her colleagues and North Bristol Trust’s learning set-up and says support for her learning was always never more than a phone call or email away.

Simone obtained her Distinction last year and now as a Band 4 TNA is embarking on a Level 4 Apprenticeship to keep the forward progress going.

And as the programme rolls out, Swatpro partners will be helping hundreds of other young people like her progress along their chosen career path.

Simone’s another Swatpro first!