Sheffield College & Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The College

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The Sheffield College is a leading further education institution in South Yorkshire, England, with over 20,000 students. It’s the largest provider of work-based courses in Sheffield and offers a range of apprenticeships across over 30 subject areas.

They provide high quality academic and vocational training to enhance learners technical and employability skills.

The Employer

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS Foundation Trusts. They provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in Sheffield, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield.

They have 17,000 employees and are one of the biggest employers locally.

The Partnership

The Sheffield College and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals have been in partnership since 2006. A few of their core aims include increasing recruitment from 16-19 age group; offering training progression for vocation staff from entry level upwards; add value and workforce skills and responding to funding changes related to the apprenticeship levy.

The college and the Sheffield Teaching Hospital have had a Strategic Partnership Agreement since 2008. Since then, they have worked together to design, develop, deliver and review many programmes. These include Healthcare and Administration apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 to 5 and non-apprenticeship programmes including staff support, access to HE, functional skills programmes and GCSE Maths and English programmes.

The Benefits

The partnership has given the college a clear insight into the needs and demands of a large NHS organisation for re-training and development. This has enabled the college to create working relationships with many other Trusts.

The partnership has benefitted learners in many ways, from supporting unemployed learners into work with the Trust to supporting existing staff to gain a Level 5 qualification to advance their careers. One real benefit is to Trust staff who want to progress but have low-level skills in Maths and English. Together the Trust and the College have devised, developed and implemented a process for staff to improve these skills and advance to vocational training to enhance career prospects.

The partnership benefits Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) in many ways. Firstly, they have a need to deliver a wide range of vocational education at scale but often have very limited budgets with which to deliver this. The Sheffield College, thanks to their expertise, have helped them to devise affordable training options to meet their needs, aligning to and advising on relevant funding streams wherever possible.

The college has demonstrated flexibility in how, when and where the delivery takes place and in delivering in partnership utilising their own specialist clinical staff where this provides the best quality training for the learner.

What they say

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We really value our close working relationship with Sheffield College and the benefits it brings to our staff, meeting their aspirations and helping the Trust to develop and maintain a quality workforce.

Karen Percival, Deputy Head of Learning and Development at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

The Trust is one of the largest and best performing in the NHS and working with them means we can help transform lives through learning. The partnership working also reflects our wider commitment to contribute to our communities and the local economy by delivering relevant, vocational and technical training to adults and young people who want to work in healthcare - one of the largest employment sectors in the city

Andrew Hatley, Commercial Director at The Sheffield College

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