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Meet Connor, a DCHS apprentice

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification such as an NVQ. DCHS has a variety of apprentices in a wide range of roles, from finance to technicians and healthcare assistants. We had a chat with Connor Eaton, apprentice placement support administrator, about working in the training team, his education and the DCHS jobs that attract him.

What did you study before working at DCHS?

I studied media studies and business at school before spending six months at college to improve my English skills and complete a level 1 NVQ in business administration.

What first attracted you to an apprenticeship at DCHS?

Being on a permanent contract and earning a proper wage was a big factor for me, and during the interview process I made it clear about my ambitions to improve my knowledge and gain further qualifications. This worked best for both me and DCHS as they immediately put me on a level 3 NVQ once I started work.

How have you found working with us overall?

I have really enjoyed it! Every day presents different challenges which we have to overcome and resolve, but I couldn’t pick a better team to work in!

What’s a typical day like for you in the training team?

There is no typical day – each day is different and you have to think on your feet and resolve potential issues. We run training sessions every day for example, so things can go wrong at any time (a trainer may call in sick, or we may have issues with the venue) and we would have to prioritise this and fix the situation as soon as possible.

How have you managed to juggle studying and working?

My manager and team have been very supportive and allowed me to put time aside during the day when I have needed to complete my coursework.

How do you think doing an apprenticeship has helped you to develop your career?

I have developed new skills which have helped me massively with day-to-day working life. It has also acted as a stepping stone to progress my education and go on to other qualifications and courses to meet my development needs and career aspirations.

Use one word to describe the culture at DCHS.

Friendly – everybody is approachable!

If you could do another job at DCHS for just one day, what would it be and why?

I would like to spend a day working in a clinical environment so I could see the contrast between working non-clinically and clinically.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would love to visit Italy, as I love Italian food!