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 and we've been targeted to double the number of healthcare apprenticeships from 2013/14 to 2015/16. 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.
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.
The National Skills Academy for Health is continuing to work with Talent for Care to increase the opportunities for apprenticeships in Primary Care, building on success from 2014/15.
We are working with UNISON to place Apprenticeship Project Workers in areas where apprenticeships are not so well established.
Find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships within the NHS.
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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.
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www.jobs.nhs.uk - take a look at the apprenticeship opportunities available in your area.