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Apprenticeships for AHP Support Workers

Our Allied Health Profession Support Worker competency framework enables employers, networks, integrated care systems (ICSs) and services to effectively plan, develop, and deploy their AHP support workforce.

As part of this work, we have launched a nationally led procurement process, focusing on the following apprenticeships:

  1. level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker
  2. level 5 Assistant Practitioner

This will result in a provider framework for employers.

This work will ensure:

  • high quality patient care, through education focussed on patient needs and care pathways,
  • clearer education pathways for allied health support workers, and progress on to further education opportunities without barriers,
  • consistent education provision through alignment with relevant competency frameworks, and,
  • development of occupation and/or profession specific Assistant Practitioner apprenticeships in response to employer demand.  


We held two engagement events in autumn 2021. Slides are available below.

AHP Support Worker Apprenticeships – Employer engagement event

Thursday 30 September, 10am - 12.30pm

AHP Support Worker Apprenticeships - Apprenticeship provider engagement event

Monday 4 October, 2pm - 3.30pm


As part of this work, we are currently carrying out an assessment of employer demand for AHP support workforce apprenticeships for public sector AHP services and/or publicly funded health and care.

This will enable HEE to:

- Ensure the development of these apprenticeships are employer led to meet current and future care models.

- Support occupation and/or profession specific delivery.

- Ensure sustainable, viable cohorts regionally and/or nationally.

- Inform providers tendering to deliver the apprenticeship programme through the framework.

- Ensure the framework provides adequate coverage of apprenticeship providers across the country.

- Convene national implementation groups. 

Please click the link to complete the employer demand scoping assessment survey.  We are asking for one response per organisation only.  

The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and closes 27 April ​2022.

This work will seek high quality providers for the level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker and level 5 Assistant Practitioner apprenticeships.

Later in 2022 we will release a tender for the level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker (therapy support option) and level 5 Assistant Practitioner apprenticeships.

We will be seeking to appoint training providers:

- With a demonstrable record of high-quality apprenticeship provision (including having an overall rating of Ofsted Good or higher)

- Who commit to working collaboratively via implementation groups facilitated by HEE.

This will take place after the current review of both apprenticeships standards is complete. This is a separate process and information is available via the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

The tender will be released through Salisbury Managed Procurement Services on the Bravo Portal. If you are interested in this opportunity or have already started to plan delivery or content that would fit these requirements, please register on the Bravo Portal in readiness for the tender opportunity. 

This document provides a list of general AHP Support Workforce Apprenticeships frequently asked questions.

Additional information and resources on apprenticeships are available here.