Students can jump feet-first into new career

foot work: Podiatry students treating patients at New College Durham's podiatry clinic.
foot work: Podiatry students treating patients at New College Durham's podiatry clinic.
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YOUNG people can put their best feet forward to forge a new career.

New College Durham is one of the first colleges in the UK to launch a podiatry apprenticeship.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Clinical Health Care Support, which started this month, has been specifically tailored to the role of a Podiatry Assistant.

Apprentices will spend half a day studying at New College Durham and will spend the rest of the week based with an employer.

Claire Kelly, Curriculum Manager at New College Durham, said: “This exciting new apprenticeship, which we think is a first for the UK, will offer a fantastic opportunity to those employed in a clinical setting, to gain the qualifications and experience to be a qualified Podiatry Assistant.

“This programme has been developed in conjunction with NHS managers to meet the demands of the industry.”

The apprenticeship is free and will last for approximately 18 months.

Apprentices will learn to support a podiatrist in all aspects of patient care including the preparation of the clinical environment, both in the NHS and private practice.

Would-be apprentices should have a calm and reassuring manner, the ability to relate well to people, good organisational skills and be able to work effectively as part of a team of professionals.

New College Durham already has a well established reputation for producing podiatry graduates and this apprenticeship will provide a stepping stone for apprentices to apply for higher level qualifications such as the Podiatry Honours Degree at New College Durham in the future.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the apprenticeship should contact Claire Kelly or Alan Moore on 0191 375 4040 or email help@newdur.ac.uk.