Published on: 23 July 2021

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has developed an exciting range of work based training programmes which gives local people the opportunity to develop a career within the NHS.

The Get Into programme is designed to help people gain valuable qualifications while working in areas such as nursing, radiology, theatres and healthcare.

The Trust is working with Sunderland College, The University of Sunderland and The Prince’s Trust to offer these training programmes. All roles will be based within the Trust and will include on the job training and the chance to complete an apprenticeship and gain extra qualifications.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS staff have gone above and beyond to care for those who need it and the profile of NHS careers has been much more in the public eye. This opportunity will open doors for local people who are considering a career in the NHS, those who want a new challenge or just want to give something back.

Kath Griffin, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The NHS has faced incredible pressure over the last 18 months and at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust we remain committed to developing our future workforce throughout these challenging times. We recognise that as a result of the pandemic many people may be reconsidering their career goals and thinking about a future career within the NHS. Similarly those leaving schools and colleges who want to start a career in the NHS, may be interested in pursuing one of the new Get Into programmes to gain vital experience and a qualification.”

Rachel Oren aged 20 was one of the first apprentice Healthcare Assistants to complete a Get Into Healthcare training programme and gain full time employment with the Trust.


Rachel said: “I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare and after looking on the NHS Jobs website I applied for an apprenticeship.  I loved it from the start.  I was supported by the Trust throughout, in particular by the staff on the ward that I was on. I enjoyed the studying and it was great to be able to apply what I was learning on the ward. I definitely think applying for a Get Into Programme will open doors to a career in the NHS and I would recommend anyone who is interested to do it!”


The Get Into Programmes offers over 20 opportunities across South Tyneside and Sunderland. If you are interested in finding out more about the programmes available you can join one of the virtual information sessions organised by the Trust on 27th July. Contact the Workforce and Education team on 0191 5699635 or email for more information or to book a place on one of the virtual sessions. More information can also be found on the Trust website