What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job that includes practical training and study toward a recognised qualification and career pathway, and it will help you gain the necessary experience to develop yourself in the workplace.


Throughout your apprenticeship you will work alongside experienced members of staff and gain job specific skills and knowledge, which will prepare you for your future career within the Trust. This will be done through a mix of on and off-the-job training, allowing you to practice and embed your new skills in a real working environment.  


Why do an Apprenticeship with us?

We are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK, offering a wide range of specialist services.  If you are over 16 years of age and looking to launch your career or you are looking for a career change then look at what we have to offer.  We have a range of apprenticeships starting from Level 2 and all our apprentices are recruited into real vacancies.  This means once you successfully achieve all aspects of your apprenticeship programme and have met all of the Trust’s requirements we can guarantee you the job you have trained for, without any further applications or interviews.

What type of Apprenticeships do we offer?

There are a variety of apprenticeships suitable jobs in Administration, Healthcare Support, Hospitality, Cleaning and Support Services, and below are some of the departments who are currently training apprentices.

How much will I be paid? 

Apprentices training for entry level jobs (Band 1 or 2) will be paid at the national minimum apprentice rate (£3.50 per hour with effect from 1 April 2017).  On completion of your apprenticeship, you will transfer to the appropriate salary for your job.  Higher level apprenticeships are paid at higher rates, as outlined in the table below:

Apprenticeship Level

Pay Scale Description

Appointed to train for a job at Band 1 or 2.

Paid the National Apprentice Wage for the first 12 months, followed by the National Minimum Wage (at the 25+ rate) for the remainder of the apprenticeship.

Appointed to train for a job at Band 3.

Paid the first point of a Band 2 salary with an increment after 12 months as per NHS Terms and Conditions.

Appointed to train for a job at Band 4.

Paid the first point of a Band 3 salary with an increment after 12 months as per NHS Terms and Conditions.

What qualifications will I complete?

We have an expectation that you will have already achieved English and Maths qualifications:

  • GCSE grade(s)  A – C (new numerical grading 4  - 9 )  or Functional Skills Level 1


With this in mind the examples below show what qualifications you would need to complete for an:


Apprentice Administration Assistant:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • ICT Level 1
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities


Apprentice Healthcare Support Worker:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
  • Level 2 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills


How will I complete my qualification?  

  • You will receive support in the workplace from a mentor and your Assessor will visit your regularly.  
  • You will be given sufficient time at work  to complete any training and the knowledge based elements of your Apprenticeship Programme

So what are you waiting for?



Apply here...

All apprentice posts will be advertised on NHS Jobs.

To see all apprentice vacancies and to apply click here.

If you are shortlisted for interview you will be contacted via NHS Jobs.

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