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Apprenticeships are a key way for people to learn on the job, both for new starters to the NHS and for existing members of staff, allowing learners the opportunity to gain a qualification and apply their learning while continuing to earn a salary.

Apprenticeships are a key government priority. Our Mandate from the government states: "HEE will take the lead on supporting public sector apprenticeships in healthcare through the Trailblazer process, increasing the number of new apprenticeships in healthcare to 19,000 starts in 2016/17."

Click the image to watch Laura Roberts, regional director (north), speak about how apprenticeships can benefit individuals and the NHS. 

The National Skills Academy for Health is continuing to work with the Talent for Care team to increase apprenticeship opportunities and improve the quality of apprenticeships, building on the success of previous years. We're also working with UNISON to place Apprenticeship Project Workers in areas where apprenticeships are not so well established.

Work is ongoing to improve the way we collect data on apprenticeships and ensure that we can demonstrate not only the numbers, but the impact and the career progression for those who have successfully completed apprenticeships.

The NHS Employers website provides further information about apprenticeships and traineeships, and how they can be used to benefit your patients, your organisation and your community. You can also keep up to date with the latest government policy on apprenticeships

Find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships within the NHS.

For queries specific to Apprenticeships, please contact Jill Elsworthy on jill.elsworthy@nhs.net.

Free resources to help recruit apprentices 

We’ve created an ‘artwork generator’, which allows organisations to quickly and easily create bespoke marketing materials to help them recruit apprentices. The resources are fully NHS branded and include exhibition banners, fliers, case studies, posters and digital assets. Organisations can choose to use the predefined content or add their own copy and images for fully bespoke collateral without the cost of going to a designer.

Trailblazer Reviews

Under the direction of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, apprenticeships are being reviewed and developed into new Apprenticeship Standards.

Health Education England and Skills for Health have successfully facilitated two employer-led steering groups to develop approved Apprenticeship Standards for Healthcare Support Workers (Level 2) and Assistant Practitioners (Level 4/5).  The next phase is now underway to develop assessment and implementation plans.  Read more about this work.

There are plans to bring together further consortia of employers to develop Apprenticeship Standards in additional healthcare professions.  More information will be available soon.

For queries relating to the Trailblazer Reviews, please contact Jane Hadfield on jane.hadfield@nbt.nhs.uk.

Apprenticeship Standards for Healthcare Employers

Working with National Skills Academy for Health we have developed a new set of principles to ensure excellent practice in apprenticeship provision across UK health care organisations. 

Download the Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships from the National Skills Academy for Health website.

Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online - HASO 

Skills for Health have developed Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online (HASO), a tool to help health sector managers in England find a wide range of apprenticeships to train staff in clinical and non-clinical roles. HASO can be used to:

  • Search for standards
  • Respond to consultations
  • Keep up to date with news

Further information




www.jobs.nhs.uk - take a look at the apprenticeship opportunities available in your area.


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