Hospital apprenticeships help young people overcome adversity
Apprenticeships offered by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have helped young people overcome adversity in their lives and learn new skills.
Joanne Hannan, Business Admin Apprentice at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has won a regional award for her achievements during her apprenticeship at the hospital trust. She joined the hospital for a month long programme as a part of the Prince’s Trust – Get into the NHS course, before being taken on as an apprentice.
Joanne, 26, from Kidderminster, was recognised at the Prince’s Trust’s Celebrate Success Awards in the West Midlands, hosted at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on 24 November.
Joanne was presented with the Breakthrough Award West Midlands. This award recognises the progress of young people who have developed new skills to enable them to make positive steps in facing their challenges and stabilising their lives.
Joanne has been through a lot. She experienced extreme trauma as a child and such extreme bullying by neighbours and school peers that she was left with a lasting injury. When her brother was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, Joanne struggled to cope. She immersed herself in online gaming and didn’t leave the house for more than a year.
Desperate for change, Joanne enrolled at university but suffered depression and left. She later became homeless and was diagnosed with Asperger’s and a light-sensitive condition called Irlen Syndrome. A friend suggested she attend the ‘Get into the NHS’ as a means to find work.
Tentative and avoiding eye contact to begin with, Joanne soon began to engage with others and completed the programme motivated and full of confidence. She has since joined the apprenticeship programme within the Learning and Development department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and has become a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador.
The event recognised the achievements of young people who have overcome adversity to turn their lives around. The finalists had all worked incredibly hard to accomplish extraordinary things in education, training, employment, skills development, business and volunteering. The winners from the event, including Joanne, have been shortlisted for the Celebrate Success National Final in spring 2016.
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting another Prince's Trust - Get into the NHS programme in early 2016 in partnership with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, to help more local young people achieve their potential and overcome diversity.