- Video report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson
The first students of a new apprenticeship degree scheme to train nurses in Cambridge have graduated.
The scheme is part of a new initiative to tackle the nursing shortages facing hospitals.
The four-year course is divided into studying in the classroom at Anglia Ruskin University and hands on experience on the wards at Addenbrooke's hospital.
Students are paid an annual salary and tuition fees are covered by the Trust as part of the scheme.
Today, 17 students gradated, all of which have previously worked in healthcare.
Daniel Maycock was a health support worker who wanted a new challenge and career path.
He said: "I saw the opportunity advertised through the hospital and I was already working here and I thought this is such a good opportunity I can't possibly turn it down.
"To get paid whilst studying was such a fantastic opportunity for me and I grasped it and made the best of it."
Addenbrooke's has 6 per cent vacancies and plans to produce 100 new nurses every year using this scheme.
The Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust says it is hoping to expand the scheme, offering 100 places a year to address the shortages.