New digital apprenticeship schemes in health informatics launched


24.07.2018

The Welsh Government has released funding for a number of apprenticeships in health informatics through the Wales Institute for Digital Information (WIDI).

A Higher Apprenticeship (level 4) and a Digital Degree Apprenticeship (levels 4 to 6) are now available for people looking to progress a career in health IT.

The Wales Institute for Digital Information was formed as part of a strategic partnership between NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD). Its aim is to create opportunities for and nurture new talent in health informatics.

The level 4 apprenticeship, which is delivered by Coleg Sir Gar, is open to those currently working in or new to informatics within the healthcare sector. The programme is designed to provide clear progression routes into a wide range of roles where information handling is a key responsibility.

The degree apprenticeship is delivered through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea and consists of one day per week at university and four work-based days with an employer. Students can select from three pathways, including Applied Software Engineering, Applied Data Science and Applied Cyber Security Management at the University's Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.

Wendy Dearing, head of workforce and OD NHS Wales Informatics Service said: “For years, informatics teams have been an invisible force behind the health service until recent times when new technology and the importance of patient data is at the forefront of the NHS. 

“The data involved is essential to patient care across the whole of Wales so we’re delighted to be upskilling new and existing staff with this career pathway and brand new higher level apprenticeship opportunities.”

UWTSD’s Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability said: “UWTSD is transforming its offer to partner with employers to create the best apprenticeship opportunities in all areas to upskill businesses and industries in the Swansea Bay City Region. We are focused on growing higher education opportunities for people of all ages who want to stay here and work here. We are delighted to launch these new apprenticeship opportunities and look forward to creating further opportunities in engineering, construction and the creative industries – all major employment opportunities in our part of Wales - in the future.”

For further information about the apprenticeship schemes available through WIDI and the UWTSD group or to enquire about making an application, please contact wendy.dearing@wales.nhs.uk and apprenticeships@uwtsd.ac.uk

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