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Apprenticeships

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An Apprenticeship gives you both by combining on the job training with study meaning you can earn while you learn.

Apprenticeships are offered at:

  • Intermediate Level – candidates usually take a QCF at Level 2 with functional skills Maths and English
  • Advanced Level – candidates usually take a QCF at Level 3
  • Higher Level- candidates usually take a QCF Level 4/+ at Foundation degree/HNC/D or equivalent

Want to be an Apprentice?

  • Apprenticeships are real jobs with paid employment offering a great start to a career path with future potential
  • Genuine, viable alternative to a university education
  • You will gain real work experience, making you more employable long term
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to climb the ranks within the workplace or study further

What can I do?

There are hundreds of different jobs covered by Apprenticeships. Examples of current Apprenticeships in Health & Care include:

For more information on specific Apprenticeship roles in Health & Care, and to view vacancies & apply, visit:

  • NHS Jobs – If you’re looking to begin or develop your career in the NHS with an Apprenticeship, this site should be your first port of call.
  • Cornwall Apprenticeships – the gateway to Apprenticeship Training in the Duchy for employers, young people and parents
  • Dynamo Healthcare – supporting people of all ages who work in various healthcare roles to complete their NVQ/Apprenticeship training.
  • Get In Go Far – helping young people across England #GetInGoFar with Apprenticeships
  • Cornwall College – offering a wide range of Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Truro and Penwith College -over 100 Apprenticeship vacancies across Cornwall

Don’t just take our word for it…

3 Matt VentonName? Matthew Venton

Apprenticeship Role and Qualification? Business Administrator -NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration

‘Before I joined the NHS as an apprentice, I was really struggling with what I was going to do in the future.
I was not a big fan of academic work, so I chose not to go to college. Instead I chose an Apprenticeship and it was the best decision I have ever made. I was able to achieve my NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration whilst learning confidence, people skills, and office skills. I have since been given another Year contract and will be starting my NVQ Level 3 very soon.

I am very passionate when it comes to promoting apprenticeships as it changed my life for the better. When I Just managed to pass my GCSE’s I feared I would not be able to have a successful future, but now I am full of hope and feel I am heading in the right direction. ‘

Not yet aged 16 or over? Why not take a look at the opportunities available for when you turn 16 or alternatively, check out our > Work Experience programmes to get you prepared…

Benefits for Employers?

  • Improve patient care
  • Can be used as a developmental pathway for existing staff
  • Provide opportunities and recognition for all support staff (clinical and nonclinical) including the development of transferable skills, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce
  • Support the expansion of national standards across the Health & Care Sector
  • Provide flexible training programmes and increased organisational efficiency and effectiveness

There is support with funding for employers with free training for those under 19. There is no upper age limit and existing staff may find an Apprenticeship suits their learning needs.

For more information on development opportunities for staff, or if you’re considering employing an Apprentice, please contact our Apprenticeship Advisor, Helen Lynch at Helen.lynch8@nhs.net