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Thursday 6 February 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

In today’s 'meet the apprentice' we catch up with Raquel Valentine, originally from Zimbabwe and studying the Adult Nursing Apprenticeship pathway.  

Picture of nursing apprentice, Raquel ValentineHi Raquel, how did you come to be on an apprenticeship? 

I started studying for my apprenticeship in September 2018 and it is due to be completed in 2022. I came to be on apprenticeship after my matron at work told me of the opportunities going at Solent NHS and I took the initiative to look into it more as I wanted to progress within my workplace. I then applied according to the apprenticeship process and fortunately got through. 

Where do you hope it will take you?   

After graduating from university my passion and vision was always to make a difference within the health sector and when the apprenticeship opportunity arose, I knew I would be edging closer and the apprenticeship is leading me on the right path. 

Would you recommend an apprenticeship? 

I would definitely be an advocate, as I have realised how many skills I have developed throughout the process so far; Solent University staff have been excellent in the theory and practical teachings in the skills lab and have been helpful throughout my journey as an apprentice. The fact that it is government funded allows those concerned about cost to be able to develop and reach their career goals. 

Why did you like the idea of an apprenticeship?  

I liked the idea of being able to learn and also put theory into practice. I like the flexibility and ability to do the apprenticeship alongside work, which was what sold it for me. The opportunity to do placements in different wards and services within the health sector, has also broadened my clinical knowledge and skills. 

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