Here at the trust and across the health and care sector, apprenticeships are used to train both new and existing staff in a range of clinical and non-clinical roles. Apprenticeships are also recognised to have a number of benefits, allowing employers to address specific workforce needs, expand their talent pipe-line, and encourage the flow of people into health and care who bring with them fresh ideas, who can be developed in line with organisational values.
As the trust looks to the future and consider the skills gaps within the health and care sector and the importance of robust workforce planning to ensure adequate supply, apprenticeships represent a considerable opportunity for growing and developing the workforce.
Apprenticeships are government funded work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. They combine on the job training with nationally recognised qualifications and are a great way to build a skilled and motivated workforce. Employers now have control over how the learning is delivered, which means that they can shape apprentices to become key members of the workforce. Apprenticeship standards come in different levels from intermediate and advanced to degree and masters level and will last a minimum of 12 months, although the length of time will depend on the qualification. They are being developed in hundreds of different areas including Business Administration, Medical Administration, Health & Social Care, ICT, Finance, HR and Customer Service, to name a few.
New standards are currently in development for a Nursing Degree Apprenticeship which will enable learners to gain qualified nursing status through the apprenticeship route.
Other degree level standards are also in development, which will open up different career pathways. A wide variety of apprenticeships will be available throughout health and care in order to help people enter at an appropriate level and then progress with their career.
To read the case studies of two of our Apprentices, please click on the links below in the related pages section: