The Learning and Development team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, were thrilled to hear that had received Gold rating in their recent Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation.
The Standard is a national accreditation which provides external quality assurance to ensure organisations are providing high quality work experience and employability programmes covering areas such as: work shadowing, work experience, apprenticeships, volunteering and Project Search.
Recent work experience placement Luke Barlow said: “I hoped to gain an awareness of what working in the NHS was really like. I wanted a realistic outlook on the pressures and responsibilities that I would have to handle every day if I were lucky enough to become a doctor. During my two days I observed a variety of clinics, scans and treatment techniques. I think the over-riding impression from my time was the friendliness and support the staff have towards one another and to the patients.”
Claire Dhaffir, Widening Participation Officer/Work Experience Coordinator, said: “Getting Gold standard signals to prospective candidates that we are offering good quality work experience. The nationally accredited frameworks ensure that we are delivering comprehensive programmes that help us to develop a structured talent pipeline for the organisation. This helps us to stand out as an organisation dedicated to offering fair, supportive and high quality training.”