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Raising awareness

Health Education England supports NHS services to be aware of and to understand apprenticeships. We do this by providing information, advice and guidance through our website, documents, events and the creation of networking groups.


What are apprenticeships?

Under the current policy there are two types of apprentices. The first type is one that you would traditionally recognise as an apprenticeship. A new (usually, but not, exclusively young) member of staff would train on the job to learn that job and ultimately become qualified.

The second type is aimed at existing workers who will be learning some new skills within their normal role; again it may or may not also include release to attend training externally.

As it is linked to training and employment an approved training provider needs to deliver the apprenticeship and draw down the funding from the government. What form this takes depends on whether the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer or not.

Funding for apprenticeships

Non-levy paying employers who wish to start an apprentice will have to make a contribution to the costs of the apprenticeship training. The employer will pay 10% contribution and the government will fund 90%. The amount of these contributions will be based on the attributed funding bands for the particular apprenticeship. We envisage that primary care providers will all fall into this category. For more information see below, under ‘related documents’, the guides to apprenticeships

The apprenticeship levy will come into effect in April 2017. The levy will be placed on large employers whose wages bill is more than £3m per year and will be 0.5% of the total of wages above the £3m threshold. More information on the apprenticeship levy can be found on the GOV.uk website.

At the foot of the page under ‘related documents’ you can read or download the guides to apprenticeships and the PowerPoint slides on understanding apprenticeships.

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