Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS Trust to implement a brand new apprenticeship scheme for peer support workers.
The Level 3 Peer Worker apprenticeship standard was approved for delivery on 20th July 2022. From Wednesday 24 May, the first cohort of apprentices have begun working towards this Level 3 apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will be delivered in collaboration with training provider West Nottinghamshire College. You can access a full list of registered providers here.
Alongside the apprentices from Nottinghamshire Healthcare in this first cohort of 14 are four others who are employed by the Hepatitis C Trust, one from Nottinghamshire Mind and one from West Nottinghamshire College.
The eight apprentices, who are currently working at the Trust as peer support workers, using their lived experience in mental health and justice services, will have 20% of their time dedicated to learning, training and study time.
Cheryl McAulay-Wainwright is one of the new Peer Support Apprentices at the Trust:
“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to be part of the first Peer Support Apprenticeship programme. I see this as an opportunity to become the best I can, in supporting people that I meet on my peer journey. I hope that others seeing myself on this path, with all these possibilities, will inspire hope in them that they can also achieve this.”
Visit the trust website to read more about this programme.
You can access the Level 3 Peer Worker apprenticeship here.