Oxford Brookes student shortlisted for Oxfordshire Apprenticeships 'Shining Star' Award

Monday, 01 April 2019

Mahrya news

Nursing Associate Trainee Mahrya Zulfaqar is one of fifteen individual apprentices shortlisted in the 2019 Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Awards.

My end goal is to become a registered nurse through the apprenticeships route and show that an apprenticeship can get you the same qualifications and career that a full-time degree would!

Mahrya Zulfaqar

This Nursing Associate programme is run in partnership between the Oxford School of Nursing & Midwifery at Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH). More than 100 students have started on this apprenticeship this year, which helps people like Mahyra on their way to filling vital skills gaps in our NHS.

Run by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, the awards celebrate outstanding achievement from apprentices at all levels and across a variety of sectors. There are awards at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels, with candidates shortlisted for roles from Administration to Beauty Therapy, and Digital and Technology Solutions. A number of employers and schools are also shortlisted for awards.

Mahrya is shortlisted for the Shining Star Award. Speaking of her shortlisting, her manager at OUH talked about how she had made great use of the apprenticeship route, delivered excellent patient care skills and consistently goes the extra mile.

This isn’t Mahrya’s first apprenticeship, as she began her journey into healthcare with OUH straight after her GCSEs at age 16. She went on do level 2 and then a level 3 apprenticeship in health and social care before she joined the Nursing Associate cohort at Oxford Brookes.

Mahrya herself said: “I was extremely pleased with myself for completing these apprenticeships as I gained a huge amount of experience and knowledge and I became absolutely certain that nursing is what I want to do in life .

“I enjoyed the apprenticeship route as it meant I was earning and learning at the same time. I think the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship is the best way forward for me, it allows me to learn so much, and I want to go even further.

“My end goal is to become a registered nurse through the apprenticeships route and show that an apprenticeship can get you the same qualifications and career that a full-time degree would!”

Nita Lad, Apprenticeships Co-Ordinator at Oxford Brookes, added: “Oxford Brookes are delighted to see her Mahrya doing so well and she's so dedicated and and passionate about a nursing and goes that extra mile with people. Our Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship is providing a route for so many people to get into nursing.”

Mahrya’s success is a welcome reminder of new routes that trusts and universities are opening up into healthcare professions. With the King’s Fund, Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation predicting that nurse shortages in England will double to 70,000 by 2023-24 at the current rate, making the most of every route to get healthcare professionals into practice is vital

The winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on the 4th of April at Jurys Inn Oxford.