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Apprenticeships in England

Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers, including many in the NHS, and offer the opportunity to earn, learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

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They are for people looking for a job that enables them to carry on learning, and for those already in employment who want to gain further qualifications.

Apprentices benefit everyone:

  • For the apprentice, there's nothing like getting first hand experience.
  • The employing organisation knows it's providing a genuine opportunity to someone with fresh ideas.
  • Patients benefit from more staff contributing to their care.

Available apprenticeships

Apprenticeships may be offered by individual NHS employers (such as trusts and health authorities), and by other non-NHS employers and organisations.

Apprenticeships are offered in many different types of work, grouped in occupational sectors. We've listed below some of the apprenticeships that could be relevant to the NHS, but other sectors are also available.


Real life stories 

You can read some case studies of staff who have entered the NHS through an apprenticeship. Ben Yeates did an engineering apprenticeship; Paul Mallett did one as a dental technician; Dave Martin followed an apprenticeship in dental therapy and John Wheeler in painting and decorating.

Read the real-life stories from apprentices and former apprentices up and down the country that we prepared for a recent National Apprenticeships Week.

Further information

For an overview of the full range on offer, visit the Gov.UK website.

If you are interested in looking for apprenticeship vacancies, then log onto the Gov.UK website

If you are an existing employee and would like to undertake an apprenticeship, then contact your manager/human resources department.

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There are three levels of apprenticeships available:

  • intermediate apprenticeships
  • advanced apprenticeships
  • higher apprenticeships

Find out more on our further information web page.