Damar has secured a deal to deliver apprenticeships in business and administration training to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust, which employs more than 9,000 staff, provides high quality general and specialist hospital treatment to about 800,000 people living in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and North Manchester.
Damar was successful in a competitive tender process and the contract win takes the number of NHS trusts which we are working with in Greater Manchester to six.
Seven members of staff from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have already been enrolled on advanced apprenticeship courses in business and administration which will result in the employees gaining a Diploma in Business and Administration.
Jonathan Bourne, managing director at Damar Training, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to deliver apprenticeships. We were up against several other major providers so to have been awarded the contract is fantastic.
"We are already working very successfully with a number of other NHS Trusts in the North West to provide training to staff, not only in business and administration but other areas like team leading, management and customer service."
Mr Bourne added: "Apprenticeships are no longer just about school leavers and the ‘trades’. Anyone, at any age, can start an apprenticeship in a wide range of subjects to open up career opportunities and develop a greater understanding of their job. The NHS is becoming increasingly aware of the benefits, reflected by the fact that The Pennine Acute is the sixth trust we are working with in the region. Staff feel more valued and are therefore more motivated in their work. They finish their qualification with better skills and knowledge helping to drive up efficiency and productivity."
Carolyn Mills, programme co-ordinator at The Pennine Acute Trust, said: "Historically, the Trust has delivered its own apprenticeship programme in business and administration.
"However, to maximise resources within the education, training and development department it was decided that we would pilot a programme with an external provider, Damar Training being the preferred provider. Damar is delivering all aspects of the apprenticeship to the learners in their place of work, reducing the amount of time the learner is away from the working environment."
"The Pennine Acute Trust is looking forward to this group of learners achieving their advanced apprenticeship and wishes them all well."
The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust operates five sites in the north-east of Manchester including, North Manchester General, Rochdale Infirmary, Fairfield General, The Royal Oldham, and Birch Hill Hospitals.