Earn, learn and make a difference with an NHS apprenticeship. Our apprenticeships offer routes into many of the more than 350 NHS careers through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning.
What you need to know about NHS apprenticeships
- – if you are aged 16 to 18 or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, the minimum you should receive is £4.81 an hour (the National Minimum Wage for apprentices)
- – many NHS employers will pay you more than the minimum wage
- – they take between one and five years to complete
- – anyone over the age of 16 can do one
- – you’re likely to spend four days on work placement and one day or at a training centre or college
- – you’ll develop your skills, including English and maths
- – you’ll gain a competence qualification (based on what you can do in the workplace) and a knowledge qualification, or a qualification combining both
NHS apprenticeships are available at several levels:
- – level 2 – equivalent to GCSEs
- – level 3 – equivalent to A-levels
- – levels 4 and 5 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above
- – levels 6 and 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or Master’s degree
Entry requirements will depend on the employer and the type and level of apprenticeship.
For example, you may need four or five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A-C or equivalent to do a level 3 apprenticeship. To start a level 5 or 6 apprenticeship you’re likely to need A-levels, equivalent level 3 qualifications or relevant and sufficient experience.