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Apprenticeships in Primary Care

The primary purpose of the Workforce Transformation Team is to "develop a workforce which is responsive to changes in care, both now and in the future".

Apprenticeships play a key part in achieving this aim by helping to develop a sufficient supply of skilled staff and contribute to the upskilling of the current workforce.

The government sees apprenticeships as a viable and significant option for developing future skills and employment opportunities and is committed to achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts in the UK economy by 2020.

More recently there have been a number policy changes and reforms that will affect apprenticeships in the NHS.


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a vocational work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to a national recognised qualification.  

Apprenticeships are used to train new and existing employees and provide them with new skills that will help to develop them in their chosen role.

Anyone over the age of 16, who is not in full time education, can apply to be an apprentice. It allows the employee to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships can take between one and five years to complete and are available in 1,500 occupations across 170 industries.

Levels of apprenticeship qualifications:

  • Level 2 – Intermediate (equivalent to GCSE passes at grades A* to C)
  • Level 3 - Advanced (equivalent to A level passes)
  • Levels 4 and 5 – Higher (equivalent to Foundation degree and above)
  • Levels 6 and 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s or master’s degree)

National Campaign

You may have seen our national campaign promoting the NHS as a great choice for people looking for an apprenticeship. Please visit: www.facebook.com/NHSapprentices

Celebrate your apprentice!                                          

Voluntary Sector North West in partnership with Health Education England (working across North West) have recently launched their external awards ‘Learning Matters' and one award is dedicated to apprentices. Please click here for more information.

Apprentices in primary care – success in practice!

Health Education England has produced an apprentice booklet with cooperation from a number of employers. It contains some key information, top tips for apprentices and employers and some case studies showcasing apprentices in GP surgeries. You can download the booklet from the Related Documents section below.

We are looking to develop more case studies in the future and we would welcome contributions from other employers and apprentices.  If you would like to discuss how you can share an apprenticeship story, please email: henw.transformation@nhs.net

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