Hospital apprentices treated to tea party

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APPRENTICES from St Richard’s Hospital enjoyed a celebratory tea party at a luxury hotel yesterday (Tuesday March 10).

Around a dozen apprentices for Western Sussex Trust - which runs St Richard’s and Worthing Hospital - were treated to sandwiches, cakes and tea at The Ship Hotel, in Chichester, as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work.

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive of the trust, hailed the young training workers as committed and enthusiastic members of the team.

“It’s a great honour and treat to celebrate our apprentices.

“From my point of view I think it’s an invaluable scheme. It leads to significant improvements for the whole organisation.”

This year the trust hired 28 new apprentices and it has been given a target of opening 113 new apprenticeship roles.

“We know there are about 20,000 nurses short in the country and it would be great if we can grow our own. We are investing in the future.

“We have formal routes in life but my learning as a chief executive and as an employer and also as a mother, is there isn’t on way of achieving things.

“The important thing is for people to find their own way to success.”