An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience, and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. You can start an apprenticeship whether you’re starting your career, want a change or you're up-skilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. Apprenticeships are linked to an accredited course from Level 2 (intermediate) – Level 7 (Master’s degree) covering both clinical and non-clinical job roles.
All apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training; some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the learner’s ability and competence in their job role.
As an apprentice you will:
- learn and train for a specific job
- get paid and receive holiday leave
- get hands-on experience in a real job
- study for at least 20% of your working hours - usually at a college, university or with a training provider
- complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
- be on a career path with lots of future potential
Check out some of our apprentices case studies here.
Students looking to join the NHS as an apprentice
Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the hospital website, if you are over 16, live in England and are not in full time education you can apply for an apprenticeship.
Entry requirements depend on the sector and prior skills, if you have already achieved A levels you may still be expected to start at intermediate to build up your occupational skills.
If you have any enquiries please email - email@example.com
If you require further support or guidance The Association of Apprentices is a free membership organisation for trust apprentices across the UK to unite, network and develop. For more information click here.