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Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, leading to nationally recognised qualifications designed around the needs of employers and employees.

Current opportunities
All of our current vacancies can be found here.

The Trust offers a range of apprenticeship programmes, enabling our staff to enhance their skills and step into learning.

Our dedicated Trust-wide service promotes a culture of lifelong learning across all services. We support and encourage staff to access learning and development opportunities which strengthen attitudes, behaviours, skills and knowledge which uphold our values and make our services the best they can be.

Apprenticeships are a way to combine practical training in a job role with study for a minimum period of 12 months to achieve a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships will be funded through the Trust’s Apprenticeship Levy (a pot of money available to the Trust which can only be used for apprenticeship funding).

All our current available opportunities can be found here.

Andrew, apprentice health care support worker

I am enjoying the practical element of learning the role with the added advantage of gaining a qualification too.

Jonathan, apprentice health care support worker
Who can complete an apprenticeship?

• An existing employee wishing to develop within their job role

• Newly recruited staff into apprenticeship roles

Who are apprenticeships for?

• People of all ages, from school leavers to experienced workers

• Existing employees who wish to upskill within their job role

• Existing employees as a means of continuing professional development within their job role

How many hours will I need to work?

Apprentices typically work 37.5 hours a week. The shifts will be varied and there is a requirement for to work flexibly. Apprentices are expected to work a combination of shifts in any 7 day period and this can include early shifts, late shifts and nights. No two weeks will be the same.

What will my annual leave entitlement be?

Within the 12 month apprenticeship programme, apprentices are entitled to 27 days annual leave plus any additional bank holidays (if new to the NHS) that occur during the training programme. Annual leave dates are agreed with your manager but cannot be taken when study leave is planned.

All study leave is mandatory, all study days must be attended.

Having completed my apprenticeship, I am now looking forward to furthering my career with the aspiration of becoming a qualified nurse in the next few years.

What happens when I finish my apprenticeship?

Following completion of an apprenticeship, apprentices are placed on a ward where there is a potential vacancy. Apprentices who secure a permanent post have the opportunity to further develop into their role.

Chris Howard
Nursing associate