Apprenticeships LIVE with Health Education England

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

To help celebrate the NHS 70th birthday we met apprentices who shared their stories about their journey into the NHS and what the future holds for them. We also met Lucy Hunte who provided valuable insights into what type of young people the NHS is looking to recruit in the future through their apprenticeship programme.

Lucy has been working on the apprenticeship agenda for the past 8 years starting off in FE Colleges helping young people access the wide range of apprenticeships on offer from employers. In recent years she has been working at Health Education England supporting NHS employers to adopt apprenticeships into their workforce. The NHS currently has apprentices on 84 different apprenticeship programmes ranging from business and administration and clinical to chefs, plumbers and gardeners! Lucy is passionate about apprenticeships and the opportunities they offer for long term careers.

Graduates Live with Amin Gholamzadeh, Graduate Electronics Engineer @ Balfour Beatty

Amin Gholamzadeh, Graduate Electronics Engineer

I have joined Balfour Beatty as a “Graduate Electronics Engineer” in 2016 following a 4-years Masters in “Electrical and Electronics Engineering” from The University of Manchester. My work involves Research & Development of novel solutions that enables remote monitoring of various railway signalling assets in both UK and abroad. My day-to-day activities are a mixture of System Engineering, Software Engineering and Hardware Design. I work closely with customers who are railway operators in the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong to better understand their needs and offer optimum solutions for their signalling problems.

Learn Live with Health Education England – Importance of exercise

A recording of a live interactive broadcast with Dr. Amer Sheikh from NHS NW Surrey CCG about the importance of exercise joined by Louise Bluck, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust and Melissa Gullett, Physiotherapist, East Surrey Hospital.

During the live broadcast  you heard about The Daily Mile and the Surrey Games.

The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.

It is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary or nursery school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training. Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

The Daily Mile is a social activity, wherein the children run or jog – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.

Research has shown that The Daily Mile can even increase attainment in primary school, and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they have started The Daily Mile.

We want every child to have the opportunity to do a Daily Mile at primary school, and are now working to build a Daily Mile community with schools, local councils, sports bodies and other supporters in the UK and beyond


The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest multi-sport youth competition in the county. Spread over 23-24 June it brings together 7-16 year olds from Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs (age 7-18 for disability sport boccia, if still in Key Stage 4 & full time education) who have had free training from their borough in their chosen sport.

In 2018 most of the action will be on ‘Super Sunday’, with borough and district squads battling it out at Surrey Sports Park. Girls’ cricket and football will take place on Saturday, as will badminton and senior squash which have a new home at Woking Leisure Centre (operated by Freedom Leisure in conjunction with Woking Borough Council).

For more information please visit their website at


All children across England, who are in Reception and Year 6 have the opportunity to be weighed and measured as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. This information is used to measure how many children are a healthy weight and how many have excess (too much) weight.

We know that children who are a healthy weight are more likely to be healthy adults, while carrying too much can increase the risk of health and emotional problems, when you get older and sometimes straight away. These can be sore backs and knees, type 2 diabetes, asthma, some cancers and sometimes the upset of being bullied.

Too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside, this fat around our vital organs can lead to serious disease and make us gain too much weight. Too much sugar also causes tooth decay.

For useful tips and apps on how to have a healthy lifestyle sign up to Change 4 Life and downloads the Sugar Smart app.

In Surrey we want to help all children and their families to be healthy, so we provide a service called “Alive n Kicking” to help families achieve a healthy weight. For information and how to participate go to “Healthy Surrey website

Graduates Live with Al Whitehead, Graduate Quantity Surveyor @ Balfour Beatty

Al Whitehead, Graduate Quantity Surveyor

During the first two years of my career with Balfour Beatty I was based at Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering in Derby. This role allowed me to experience a number of challenging and interesting projects installing the foundations for a wide range of structures; such as Central London skyscrapers, UK Rail and Road infrastructure, windfarms, and Amazon distribution centres. However, I have recently moved within the business and I am now based at Balfour Beatty Regional (North & Midlands) in Leeds. Here, Balfour Beatty deliver a number of major Civil Engineering and Construction projects in the region.

I joined the Balfour Beatty graduate scheme as a non-cognate graduate (i.e. my first degree was in a subject unrelated to Construction – History) and I am currently studying for my Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University, which Balfour Beatty are sponsoring me to complete. I attend university one day a week and work the remaining four, and I will finish my studies in September 2018.

International Women in Engineering LIVE (pre-recorded video package)

Through this live broadcast we will bring to life what an exciting career in flood and coastal engineering looks like. Join us to hear the stories of some of our outstanding female engineers, in addition to hearing their stories, you will be able to interact with us directly and ask any burning questions you might have. Hear from Emma Howard Boyd Chair of the Environment Agency and The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP (Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills). During this live broadcast you will find out how you can forge your own path into a rewarding vocation which makes a real difference to people’s lives, leave a legacy and creates better places for people and wildlife.

  • Entry routes into the sector
  • Types of roles and career opportunities
  • Change perspectives of girls and boys thinking of going into engineering
  • Encourage girls and boys to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career
  • Profile women in engineering


Flood and Coastal Engineering at Brunel University London. We are part of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. This exciting new programme, developed in partnership with the Environment Agency and HR Wallingford will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding for a successful career in flood risk management.

About the course

Flooding affects millions worldwide. It ruins homes, destroys livelihoods and threatens lives.

Our Flood and Coastal Engineering sponsored degree programme has been developed with the Environment Agency to maintain and enhance the skills and experience of professionals who can help deliver flood management initiatives to protect communities from flooding. The degree includes two six month work based placements. (Sponsorship includes a training allowance of £1000 a month when on placement and tuition fees, saving £9250* per year)

The Foundation Degree with top up BSc is delivered in partnership with HR Wallingford, a renowned independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation with expertise in flood risk assessment and management.

On the course you’ll develop your knowledge of structural design, geotechnics and how to manage and mitigate risk against extreme flood events through environmental assessment and strategic management. You’ll also develop your skills in hydraulic modelling, flood estimation and engineering design.

This course is ideal for students interested in a career in engineering, and with a strong environmental emphasis who typically will be studying mathematics, geography, physics or chemistry, or relevant BTECs courses such as Engineering. The course engages students in knowledge, understanding and application of engineering solutions, and is closely aligned to environmental, social and climatic issues affecting our world today.

For more information please contact the Environment Agency at or visit the website at

Apprenticeships Live – Atkins

The design, engineering and project management industries are exciting sectors to work in. From shaping landmark buildings to looking after the environment or helping people travel around our cities more easily, the variety of work and travel opportunities mean there’s never a dull moment in this industry. It’s a really a fun place to work!

Our apprenticeship programme could be the perfect start to your career. You’ll learn something fascinating every day, study towards a qualification and get paid for it! You’ll not only be helping to transform the world around you, but your own future too. Sound good?


Apprentices Live – Portia Taylor-Black

My apprenticeship has provided me with the opportunity to learn and attain qualifications, whilst working and gaining experience of the working world at the same time. I think the best thing about my experience as an apprentice is that it has taught me there are no limits on how far you can develop, learn and grow, and I feel more is yet to come.

I started as an Intermediate Business Administration Apprentice unsure of my exact progression aims and goals.  Now having recently completed my Higher Apprenticeship in Management, I wish to pursue my apprenticeship to degree level.  I believe the knowledge and experience you gain as an apprentice is invaluable, enabling your development and learning, and providing a solid step on the career ladder which you climb as you pursue your apprenticeship.

Graduates Live with Jonathan Owens, Graduate Engineer @ Balfour Beatty

Jonathan Owens, Graduate Engineer

In August 2016, I joined Balfour Beatty as a Graduate Engineer after studying an MEng degree in Civil Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. I began my career by working for Balfour Beatty Rail for just over a year, and have since transferred within the company to work for Balfour Beatty UKCS. My time is now primarily spent on site, working mainly on Highways schemes and ensuring that this essential infrastructure is built correctly.

I think that the highlight so far has been working on my first site based project; as a whole the project won a Silver Considerate Contractors award for collaboration. The project really illustrated the benefits of working together in construction, and the project was handed over early, under budget and with no issues!

Graduates Live with Dan Williams, Graduate Civil Engineer @ Balfour Beatty

Dan Williams, Graduate Civil Engineer

After joining Balfour Beatty in September 2016 I have spent the first stage of my career on the Power Transmission & Distribution graduate scheme. I joined the company after completing an MEng degree in Civil Engineering at Plymouth University and so far have spent the majority of my time working in Scotland. I have already been involved in a range of exciting power transmission projects including an overhead line innovation installed by helicopter, and a high voltage cable to connect up the highest altitude windfarm in the UK.