Two Engineering Trainers from Derwent Training Association have been nominated for a York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Star Award due to the work they have undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bob Hardie and Stuart Pitts were nominated by Electrical Services Manager at Scarborough Hospital, Nigel Watkins. The Star Awards seek to recognise outstanding individuals or teams who have innovated, impressed and made a real difference to how the NHS Trust provides care for their patients.
Following on from the recent Government announcement, the earliest that Derwent Training will start face to face delivery with learners will be week commencing Monday 15th June with reduced class sizes so that social distancing can be adhered to throughout the centre. Please do not come in on your normal attendance day unless you have been notified, we will continue with remote learning with all those not in for face to face training.
The training centre will look very different with a one way system, hand sanitising stations and changed working practices so that we can adhere to social distancing, these have been put in place to keep all learners and staff safe. Joining instructions will be sent out to learners and employers on what they have to adhere to when in the training centre.
Apprentices in the North Yorkshire area have been playing a key role in the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will be crucial to the productivity of the UK and the country's recovery. Employers have been adapting their production to manufacture PPE visors, as well as ventilator components during the crisis.
Claire Gavaghan, Chief Executive Officer said 'we moved to remote delivery in mid-March, before the Government lockdown, to keep learners and staff safe. We went from a standing start learning and adapting as we went. It was not easy but it was essential. We knew we could not let apprentices be forgotten in the midst of a national crisis. They are crucial to the productivity of the UK and the country's recovery. Not one apprentice has been placed on a break in learning, all of them are still in-learning and are making progress towards achievement. Employers and apprentices are happy with the continued training.'