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Supporting strategy development

In 2015-16 there were 165 apprenticeship starts within the trusts in north west London. In 2016-17 there is a target of achieving 760 apprenticeships starts between all of our trusts and we hope to achieve this target.


Health Education England in north west London will be supporting trusts and primary care in their development of strategies and action plans to introduce apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships can be instrumental in meeting the challenges of recruitment and retention as growing and developing your own staff could be key to meeting future service demand needs.

From our engagement and understanding it is quite clear there are themes that need to be addressed

  • Parallel strategies are needed for the training of existing staff as apprentices and the recruitment of new staff as apprentices
  • Workforce development strategies need to be worked out in detail to clearly identify roles and apprenticeships down to the point of profiling starts annually
  • Clear salary policies need to be developed and agreed for apprentices
  • Apprenticeship targets should be owned locally (by geographical site or occupational area) but co-ordinated centrally
  • Quality controls need to be put into place in the commissioning of apprenticeship training providers
  • All strategies should focus on the potential of delivering some apprenticeships internally
  • It needs to be resourced with staff working solely on that role that have apprenticeship expertise. Most trusts have staff working on apprenticeships on top of their ‘day job’

At the foot of the page under ‘related documents’ you can read or download the HEE in NWL apprenticeship strategy, a guide to developing a strategy on apprenticeships and presentation slides on how to develop your apprenticeship strategy.   There is also a funding calculator that helps you to work out your levy payments when planning your numbers.

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