Aintree Hospital awarded national accreditation for learning and workplace opportunities

AINTREE University Hospital has received a prestigious accreditation from Fair Train, a national organisation which promotes all forms of high quality work-based learning.

The hospital has received Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation at Silver level. Aintree’s programme is focused on developing a talented and committed workforce and providing opportunities to broaden the knowledge and improve the employability of young people. Traineeship programmes and work placements support school and college studies with more tailored programmes for older people looking to return to employment.

The Trust provided 548 quality placements in 2017-2018, helped 33 apprentices gain employment and in September established the first Health Cadet programme in Cheshire and Merseyside.

Formed in 2009, Fair Train is now recognised as the UK’s expert in work experience. Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation was developed in association with a number of leading UK organisations, including the Department for Education, the TUC and Ofsted, as well as employers from all sectors and learning providers.

Ruth Hoyte, Director of Workforce & Organisational Development, said: “This is a great achievement for the Trust. We are proud to offer a wide range of workplace learning opportunities in clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital and I’m delighted that Fair Train has recognised the quality of what we have to offer candidates. With this accreditation Aintree will continue to act as an employer of choice for people who want to develop a career in the NHS.”

Fair Train’s accreditation process examines the quality of an organisation’s provision of work based learning and only those who demonstrate consistent high quality achieve it. Fair Train’s Work Experience Quality Standard has now been adopted by more than 400 organisations in every sector, including large corporations such as British Airways, Cisco UK & Ireland and Bentley Motors.

More than 40 NHS organisations are now accredited with Fair Train, the result of a year-long partnership between Fair Train and Health Education England.

Rod Natkiel, CEO of Fair Train, said: “We are delighted to welcome Aintree Hospital into the Fair Train “family”. The organisations who achieve our prestigious Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation do so because of their proven commitment to the provision of high quality work based learning, and Aintree exemplifies this. As it is the largest employer in Europe and at the heart of the well-being of the British nation in so many ways, it is terrific to see the NHS making such positive, determined and productive efforts, through work based learning, to ensure that the country’s future workforce is as effective as possible.”