This week is National Apprenticeship Week (3 Feb - 9 Feb 2020) - a chance for us to shine the light on some of the fantastic apprenticeships currently taking place at C&I.
Here, Kevin Cann, Risk and Patient Safety Manager talks about his level 7 Master’s in Management Practice and how it is benefiting his work at C&I and his own personal career journey.
What are you enjoying most about your apprenticeship?
What’s great about my Master’s degree is that I’m studying with a mix of people from different organisations such as Facebook, Coca Cola and IBM and it’s really refreshing to hear different views of organisational management from non-health professionals. Being able to bounce ideas around enables me to create new ideas which I can bring to my role.
I have great support from both my manager here at the Trust and my Birkbeck University tutors which I’m massively grateful for.
What is the biggest challenge you’re facing in your apprenticeship?
The biggest challenge I face is being disciplined with my time. I have three young children, work full-time and then need to find time to study on top of this. When deciding to do a Master’s you need to make sure you have an understanding of what you’re getting into and whether you will be able to manage your time effectively.
What difference is being on an apprenticeship making to your post?
My Master’s challenges the way I think and requires me to explore why certain things are done the way they are. I find this really interesting and it allows me to critique myself and allows me to develop more effective management techniques.
How are you planning on using your apprenticeship when it finishes?
For me, I undertook the apprenticeship to pursue a career in senior nursing management and I believe it is equipping me with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out the task in hand.
What would you say to someone considering doing an NHS apprenticeship?
Be brave, be ambitious and believe in yourself! It can be so easy to be self-critical but I really recommend people to explore what apprenticeships are out there which meet your needs for where you are both academically and professionally in your career.
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