How apprenticeships work
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a real paid job with study.
You can start an apprenticeship at any point and age within your career, but you must be at least 16 or over, not already be in full-time education and live in England.
As an apprentice, you’ll:
- be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay.
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- get time for training and study related to your role (at least 6 of your normal working hours depending on how many hours that you’re contracted to work each week)
Apprenticeships range from level 2 to 7 (Masters) and have equivalent educational levels. Apprenticeships can take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level and subject and some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.
Apprenticeship Level 2
Equivalent Educational Level – 5 GCSE passes at grades A*-C 9 or 9-4)
Examples of roles these equate to include healthcare support worker, healthcare science assistant, finance assistant, passenger transport driver.
Equivalent Educational Level – 2 A Level passes or a Level 3 diploma
Examples of roles these equate to include senior healthcare support worker, ambulance support worker, business administrator, pharmacy technician.
Apprenticeship Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7
Equivalent Educational Level – Foundation degree and above
Examples of roles these equate to include nursing associate, mammography associate, dental technician, business analyst.
Apprenticeship Levels 6 and 7
Equivalent Educational Level – Bachelor or Master’s degree
Examples of roles these equate to include nurse, podiatrist, dietician, manager, advanced practitioner, accountant.
Apprenticeships in the NHS
The NHS has so much to offer! Did you know that you can do an Apprenticeship in all of these different clinical and non-clinical subjects?
For a full list of all of the current Healthcare Apprenticeship subjects available, please visit the HASO (Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online website.
Apprenticeships at Alder Hey
To date, over 200 staff members at Alder Hey have signed up to take an apprenticeship which is supporting us with plugging skills gaps and workforce planning!
Please visit NHS Jobs for all current apprenticeship vacancies with Alder Hey:NHS Jobs