PENDLESIDE Hospice is on the look-out for two new apprentices to join its team.

The Reedley-based charity is recruiting a health and social care apprentice and a business administration apprentice to work with patients, staff and volunteers.

The apprenticeships are open to people aged 16 and above, including mature students, and are run through Themis at Burnley College.

Julia O’Neill, day services manager at the hospice, said: “We are excited to have two new apprentice vacancies at the hospice.

“The apprenticeships are open to people aged 16 and above. The main requirements are that they have GCSEs in English and maths and a keen interest in the work of the hospice and a willingness to learn.

“We are very interested in supporting young people in the local community. We have found they have a lot to offer the hospice and in return they take away a range of new skills.”

Pendleside’s former health and social care apprentice, Carrice Dickenson, 18, has been named as a finalist for the young employee of the year category in the Burnley Business Awards.

She was nominated by hospice staff for her hard work and dedication to the hospice, which has seen her not only take on her day-to-day roles with great pride and enthusiasm but also use her initiative to start activities for the Hospice Living with Dementia programme.

She has also been an advocate for the hospice, promoting it outside work at educational and fundraising events, as well as speaking at a national conference about the future of hospice care.