GOSH Apprentices nominated in BAME Apprenticeship Awards

28 Jun 2021, 2 p.m.

Great news! We're really excited to announce that we've been nominated for several awards in this year's BAME Apprenticeship Awards. We are shortlisted for two employer awards, including the Health and Social Care Employer category, and the Large Employer category. The BAME Apprenticeship Awards in partnership with Pearson, showcases the outstanding work and achievement of apprentices from black and minority ethnic groups (BAME) and inspires BAME apprentices to reach their full potential. The Awards is organised by The BAME Apprentice Network, who aim to close diversity gap in apprenticeships by supporting apprentices and working with employers to make meaningful change.

We are also delighted to say that we have two apprentices nominated as Finalists. Hear from Zahra and Ricardo:

Meet Ricardo

Ricardo at GOSH

Finalist apprentice Ricardo joined GOSH over five years ago as a cleaner. He is currently undergoing training to become a Registered Nurse.

“I am full of gratitude and very happy to be nominated. I know that on the one hand, this is a recognition of my hard work, and the passion and enthusiasm to work that I always carry with me. On the other hand, I must recognised the support that GOSH has been giving me. My colleagues, managers and of course, GOSH’s Learning Academy. It is clear to me that all this effort, personal and organisational, is worth it even though sometimes I think the world conspires in my favour.

“My journey within GOSH started as a domestic cleaner and I am now on further university training to become a Registered Nurse. In between learning, I worked very hard as a housekeeper, healthcare assistant and nursing associate. I have loved doing so. It has not been easy for me but with courage and commitment I have always been capable to deliver excellence of care to patients and their families regardless of the job title I occupied.”

Meet Zahra

Zahra quote

Zahra is a finalist apprentice and nominee who is continuing her education to make her dream of becoming a biomedical scientist a reality.

Last year, I completed the Level 2 Health Care Science course (HCS) provided by Dynamic Training and supported by GOSH. The course really highlighted the importance of patient care through its insight into pre-analytical processing as well as laboratory analysis. I acquired a range of technical skills and scientific knowledge about the role of healthcare assistants.

Since then I have enrolled onto the Level 4 HCS course which will give me an in-depth understanding of biochemistry, allowing me to apply and integrate the knowledge into practice. After that, my aim is to use the techniques and knowledge I have learnt to enrol onto the Level 6 course provided at various external universities. The completed portfolio would give me an opportunity to explore the pathway of becoming a biomedical scientist.

I feel extremely grateful and honoured to be nominated as a finalist for the BAME Apprenticeship Awards. It is rewarding to know that healthcare assistants are recognised for their efforts, especially during the pandemic. With this nomination, I aim to inspire more individuals to recognize the range of opportunities and pathways that can be achieved from obtaining an apprenticeship course.

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