Former Level 3 Health & Social Care student Olivia talks about her Level 6 Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship with Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Previous school: Penrice Academy

Courses studied: Level 3 Health & Social Care Diploma

Progression: Level 6 Adult Nursing Degree Apprenticeship - Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (University Centre Truro & Penwith)

What does your role as an apprentice involve?

Being both a healthcare and a student nurse - balancing work and social life, going to university and getting lots of hands-on experience.

In my role, I have also been appointed as the Nursing Student Ambassador for Cornwall at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which allows me to use my voice to advocate for the needs of Nursing students and contribute to the advancement of Nursing education in our region.

The RCN is a trade union and professional body for Nurses. My primary responsibilities include offering support and guidance to my peers and ensuring health and well-being remains a top priority alongside their challenging and rewarding careers.

I am also a student representative for my cohort of Nursing Students at the University Centre Truro & Penwith and recently attended the Governor’s Conference where I had the opportunity to provide feedback and showcase my dedication to improving the student experience. Attending conferences will also be a part of my RCN role, where I will provide feedback from students directly from their placement experiences.

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?

I didn’t want the debt or commute with uni and an apprenticeship allowed me to stay at home. I also chose an apprenticeship as it gave me the opportunity to be more hands on and learn on the job. I believe I have benefitted a lot more from an apprenticeship as I have built close relationships with a range of healthcare proffesionals who have taught me so much on the job.

How did Callywith support and influence your decision to do an apprenticeship?

My lecturers, especially Jess, pushed me to go for it as I enjoy being hands on! Callywith was great for me as the teaching staff were so passionate - they organised bespoke days and speakers to inspire us, as well as supporting us though UCAS.

What will your next steps be?

Once I have completed my degree apprenticeship, I plan to progress onto a Master’s Degree in Adult and Children’s Nursing. 

What advice would you give to students considering an apprenticeship?

Keep your options open, apply for a range of positions and universities.