Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers, including many in the NHS, and offer the opportunity to earn, learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.
They are for people looking for a job that enables them to carry on learning, and for those already in employment who want to gain further qualifications.
Apprentices benefit everyone:
•For the apprentice, there's nothing like getting first hand experience.
•The employing organisation knows it's providing a genuine opportunity to someone with fresh ideas.
•Patients benefit from more staff contributing to their care.
Apprenticeships may be offered by individual NHS employers (such as trusts and health authorities), and by other non-NHS employers and organisations.
Apprenticeships are offered in many different types of work, grouped in occupational sectors. We've listed below some of the apprenticeships that could be relevant to the NHS, but other sectors are also available.
•administration and human resources (including business administration)
•construction (including bricklaying, wall and floor tiling, carpentry and joinery, floor covering, painting and decorating, building technician, and plastering)
•customer services and retail (including contact centres and customer service)
•electrical and engineering (including building services, heating and ventilating, mechanical engineering)
•financial services (including accounting and payroll)
•hospitality and travel (including hospitality and catering)
•information technology and communications (including IT user, marketing and communications)
•logistics (including purchasing and supply management, warehousing and storage)
•property (including cleaning and support service industry)
•health, public services and care (including dental nursing, clinical support workers, healthcare assistants, occupational therapy assistants, dietetic assistants, physiotherapy assistants, radiotherapy assistants, pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians).