Apprenticeship and the NHS
Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers within the NHS and are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time. They provide developmental opportunities for those starting out on their career journey and staffs who wish to further their career.
What is available?
- Business administration and human resources
- Clinical support such as nursing and allied healthcare
- Communications and marketing
- Estates and facilities services
- Electrical and engineering
- Financial services
- Health and social care
Why are apprenticeships important?
Apprenticeships plays a key role in qualifying staff and providing progression opportunities. The aim is to create a motivated and flexible workforce who are encouraged, recognised and valued for their contribution to service users, patients and the community
Apprenticeships can contribute to improving patient care as they are designed and set out to ensure the full competence needed in terms of knowledge, skills and behaviour are achieved by the individual apprentice to meet the needs of our service.
What will we be offering?
The Trust offers apprenticeships at the following levels:
- Intermediate level apprenticeships - Intermediate level apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 2 - equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*. These apprenticeships provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an advanced level apprenticeship
- Advanced level apprenticeships - Advanced level apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 3 - equivalent to 2 A-levels. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship
- Higher level apprenticeships - Higher level apprentices follow work-based learning towards levels 4, 5,6 and 7 - equivalent to a foundation degree and above. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have 2 A-levels or have completed an advanced level apprenticeship
- Degree level apprenticeships - Degree level apprentices follow work-based learning towards levels 6 and 7 - equivalent to a full bachelor's or master's degree..
Where can I go to find out more?
West London NHS Trust contact:
Carol Plows, Vocational Development and Apprenticeship Manager
From nursing assistant to Darzi fellow
I started at the Trust in 1993 as a nursing assistant and today I'm a Darzi Fellow responsible for working across the trust to provide the highest quality care to our service users. I believe that the trust offers an excellent range of opportunities at all grades and will work with you to achieve these. Read more