The following was sent in to us by one of our kind readers:
I am horrified to see on the NHS Jobs website, that there are “business apprenticeships” for basic admin work. Although there is a certain amount of learning and training on the job connected with any specific role, there is no excuse to pay a low rate (£95 for 37.5 hrs in London) for a filing, photocopying, phone messages, administration job. In my experience, everyone in lower grades of admin. work in the NHS is subjected to very heavy workloads. Surely anyone who is doing a necessary job such as keeping patients’ records in order deserves to be paid a reasonable salary.
Employers have the right to ask for applicants to have Business Studies qualifications, or good GCSE results, or A levels or a degree. Anyone with such qualifications and perhaps a couple of weeks work experience obviously has the ability to carry out an administrative job and no year of “training” is necessary in an NHS admin role.
I have broad experience of working in the NHS as a PA secretary and administrator, and I can see absolutely no excuse for the NHS to take advantage of young people in this way.