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Apprenticeship are embedded throughout the Talent for Care Strategy, they form part of the Get On and Go Further themes.

If you are looking to start your career within the healthcare sector, you can search online for all the available apprenticeship opportunities

You can apply for an apprenticeship if you are living in England, aged 16 or over and are not in full-time education. It's the perfect opportunity for school leavers and those who are looking for a change in career with no prior experience. There are a wide range of apprenticeships available in the south west at level two, three and four. These are provided across the region in hospitals, community care providers and the ambulance service.

There are e a series of case studies from apprentices and former apprentices on this website so you can find out what it is like to be an apprentice.

Key elements of an apprenticeship

  • National Vocational Qualification
  • Technical certificate
  • Key skills
  • Employer rights and responsibilities


Benefits of apprenticeships for employees

Apprenticeships can support the health sector organisations  by offering a route for employers to develop new talent. Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future.

Key benefits that Apprenticeships bring to health sector organisations include

  • improved productivity
  • improved competitiveness
  • committed and competent workforce.

Setting up apprenticeships

Organisations can create an apprenticeship in a number of ways

  • Existing staff already in post undergoing a National Vocational Qualification who may require or like to progress on to an apprenticeship
  • New recruits to a job role within the NHS who work towards the Apprenticeship Framework and are paid in accordance with Annex U.

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

National Apprenticeship Week 6 to 10 March (NAW 2017) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact these have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

To mark this annual event which was held in March we celebrated the best health and social care apprentices in the south west through The Star Awards - with the winnners announced  on Wednesday 1 March 2017 in Taunton. We also published a number of apprenticeship newsletters available on this website.

Further information about apprenticeships 

Key initiatives relating to mental health apprenticeship

  • Widening participating/Talent for Care This framework outline a set of key priorities to ensure the NHS has a workforce equipped with the right skills, knowledge and behaviours to deliver excellent health care to local populations in need of care provision
  • The English Apprenticeships 2020 vision  is for apprenticeships to drive up economic growth with an increased productivity through up-skilling and re-skilling of existing and new workforce.There is now greater and better choice between academic degree programmes or higher apprenticeships, with apprenticeships offering the incentive of ‘earn as you learn’ and becoming occupationally competent and employer ready for specific job role.
  • The Levy. As of April 2016 all employers with a payroll over three million will be expected to meet a 0.5% levy.  Employers will also have control of their apprenticeship funding through their own digital apprenticeship accounts.  For further information see the Employer guidance on the apprenticeship levy
  • The Enterprise Bill The Enterprise Bill will be implemented in the autumn 2016 to enforce the following:
    • 2.3% apprentice target for all public sectors with a payroll over three million
    • Prevent misuse of the ‘apprenticeship’ term
    • Make sure all providers will need to be meeting the apprenticeship standards before being registered with the Skills Funding Agency. 
    • Create an Institute for Apprenticeships. An independent employer-led body set up to quality assure the quality of apprenticeship
  • Trailblazers As part of the apprenticeship reforms employers are developing standards to better meet workforce needs.



This Page was last updated on: 22 July 2016

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