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Employ an apprentice

Could your department be the next one to support an apprentice? Mentoring and supervising an apprentice can be a great development opportunity for members of staff in your team.

There are more and more apprenticeship opportunities developing in the Health and Social Care sector each day, and your team could be the reason a talented young learner gains first-hand experience of the industry and nationally recognised qualifications.

What is an apprenticeship?

Are they just available to new staff?

Are they just available to new staff?

Apprenticeships are available to new and current employees. There are of course many positions available for new employees, but there are also higher level apprenticeships that can provide great development opportunities to existing staff, enabling them to progress and earn a qualification as part of their role.

How are they funded?

How are they funded?

In most cases, an apprentice role will be paid for directly from your department’s budget, but occasionally different arrangements are made.

How much are they paid?

How much are they paid?

Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage, with some Trusts paying more. The minimum level will vary depending on their age. Find out more handy information about apprentices’ wages here.

Setting up an apprenticeship

What’s required to host an apprentice?

While an apprentice is with you, make sure they’re working with and learning from experienced staff, learning job-specific skills, and are studying at a college or training organisation towards their qualification.

How are they trained and assessed?

Apprentices will have assigned assessors to support them with the academic side of their training. Someone from your Trust could act as this person, or they could be provided externally.

How do I look into setting up an apprenticeship?

Talk to the Apprentice Lead or team from your Trust to explore your options for hosting an apprentice.