If you are interested in applying to be an apprentice please email email@example.com or contact Judith or Tracy (below):
Judith Tudor, Workforce Transformation Manager, 01952 641222 Ext 2956. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Newbold, Pre-employment Advisor, 01952 641222 via Ext 4828. email@example.com
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. In the NHS, primarily but not exclusively, they can be used to develop staff in Agenda for Change Bands 1 to 4.
Apprenticeship Framework Qualifications are available for existing staff, but they can also be utilised to encourage and recruit new staff into the Trust.
A well qualified, highly skilled and motivated workforce that meets the needs of existing and new patient pathways and service models, it can assist with role redesign.
Attract talented people of all ages, apprenticeships can be undertaken by people from 16 years of age until retirement age.
Greater staff retention through increased engagement and motivation, enhancement and recognition of skills. Opportunities for career progression and promotion.
Improved productivity and performance, ultimately benefiting patients and service delivery.
A long-term, ongoing solution to developing skilled staff, apprenticeships can be used as a route of progression to access under graduate studies.
A good way to engage with local communities and boost local economy, encouraging local people into our organisation, working with local training providers.
Apprenticeships can be undertaken by both new and existing employees. Anyone who is a resident in the UK, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship. There are three levels of apprenticeships available, depending on the pre-existing qualification levels of a candidate:
Intermediate level apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE grades A*-C)
Advanced level apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes)
Higher level apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree)
There are nearly 200 different types of apprenticeships across the economy as a whole; many of them are relevant to the NHS, such as:
Administration, IT and customer service,
Team leading and management
Catering and engineering.
Most job roles in the NHS will have a relevant apprenticeship framework available to underpin the development of staff in that role. To find out if there is one available for the roles in your area contact the Vocational Learning Team on 01743 261000 Ext 2501 or Workforce Transformation Team on 01952 641222 Ext 2956/4828
In addition to the general frameworks there are also apprenticeship frameworks specific to the Healthcare environment:
Healthcare Support Services
Clinical Healthcare Support
A work based competence qualification &; an Award, Certificate or Diploma on the Qualification Credit framework (QCF) similar to an NVQ
A technical certificate &; the underpinning knowledge and theory element
Functional Skills &; Numeracy, literacy, communications and IT skills relevant to the level of the apprenticeship.
Employee rights and responsibilities – for example, Health &; Safety, policies and procedures, employment rights. Trust Induction covers a lot of these topics.
The training period for an apprenticeship can be as little as 12 months, for the more complex apprenticeships e.g. Engineering it can be 3 years. Many qualifications require minimal time out of the work place, with an assessor from the training provider arranging to visit and observe the member of staff doing the job. There will be a requirement for the member of staff to do some work themselves to demonstrate their knowledge of relevant theory; this will be tailored to the qualification. There is also a need for some time to discuss work that is produced, ask questions to check understanding and action plan. Some qualifications require attendance at workshops to provide theoretical input, some require weekly attendance at college, some are tested using formal exams. The time out of the workplace should be indicated by the training provider before the qualification commences.
This is dependent on two factors; age and the level of previous qualifications. For 16 – 18 year olds full Government funding is available, for the majority of other staff full funding for training may be available, for further information contact the Vocational Learning Team on 01743 261000 Ext 2501.