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India Bowles: Apprenticeship Case Study 

Age: 26 

Apprenticeship: Level 2 NVQ Business and Administration 

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship at Lancashire Teaching  Hospitals? 

I was 19 when I started my apprenticeship, I had finished college and for personal  reasons had decided University wasn’t for me. I believed that an apprenticeship was  a fantastic way of entering an organisation such as the NHS and would give me the  vital skills and knowledge needed for my future career. It was also great to be  earning a wage and meeting new people. 

How has your time been at the Trust up to now? 

I have been in the Trust for over 5 years now; I commenced my apprenticeship in the  Corporate Governance Team in 2014 and on completion secured a full-time position  as Data Quality Administration Assistant in the Data Quality team where I enjoyed 3  fantastic years. In 2018 I decided to try and learn and achieve even more and moved  into my current position of Governance & Risk Officer. In my current role I work  closely with colleagues from right across the Trust, providing Datix training and  supporting the management of Incident’s and Risks. 

I feel that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals promotes development and there have  been many opportunities for me to further my knowledge and develop my skills. I am  excited to see where I will end up in the next 5 years and what new challenges I will  face and overcome. 

What are some of your proudest achievements as your time as an apprentice?  

I received a distinction at the end of my apprenticeship which I was extremely proud  of. I am nowhere near as shy as I used to be and have grown in confidence. It’s the  best decision I have ever made and I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am now if I  hadn’t completed the apprenticeship.