Lewes MP and nurse Maria Caulfield has visited nursing apprenticeship students at Brighton Medical School.
Having campaigned for the reintroduction of nursing apprenticeships, meaning people can train to be nurses while working on the job rather than going to university to get a nursing degree, Maria Caulfield MP was keen to see the apprenticeships in action and hear from the apprentices who have taken this route into nursing.
Maria Caulfield MP, alongside Hove MP Peter Kyle, met with Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humpris, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ruth Whittaker, and Head of the School of Health Sciences Professor Paula Kersten before moving to the Clinical Skills area to meet some of the employees and apprentices.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Having been an apprentice nurse myself rather than going to university I know how beneficial this on the job training can be for would be nurses. This is why I campaigned for the Government to bring back this valuable route into nursing as university isn’t right for everyone. This week is Apprenticeship Week (4th-10th March) and I would encourage young people to see if there is an apprenticeship route for their chosen profession as there are so many options out there that may not be immediately obvious.”
“I’d like to thank Brighton Medical School, the staff and apprentices for having me on what was an excellent visit to see nursing apprenticeships in action.”