Thinking of getting an apprentice?

There is a wide range of apprenticeships now available, including higher and degree level apprenticeships. Find out how an apprentice can support with development and retention in your organisation.


How do I find out about apprenticeships?

Here at the School we help to promote apprenticeships, provide the standards and end-point assessments but we do not handle recruitment for apprenticeships.

However, there are many useful sources of information about apprenticeships and how they can benefit an organisation. Here are just a few useful links to articles/websites that will help you to understand the benefits of having an apprentice.

  • What apprenticeships are and how to use them – NHS Employers. The NHS Employers website has some useful articles and case studies about apprenticeships.
  • Apprenticeship Support – Skills for Health – If you don’t find what you are looking for on the NHS Employers website, the Skills for Health website has an Apprenticeship Support service for employers. They will assist you in developing and delivering a healthcare science apprenticeship.
  • How to take on an apprentice – GOV.UK – Though not healthcare science specific this useful information is about employing an apprentice and how apprenticeship funding works. You will also find related content to recruiting an apprentice and funding an apprenticeship.

What are higher level apprenticeships?

The NHS Employers guide ‘Degree apprenticeships: What employers need to know’ is aimed at employers in the NHS and outlines how higher-level apprenticeships can be used to support career pathways. The guide includes examples from within the NHS and other sectors, together with tips and things to consider when looking to offer higher level apprenticeships.


What do I need to know about the 20% off-the-job training requirement for apprentices?

As an employer you need to be aware that the government requires a minimum of 20% of an apprentice’s time must be protected and away from the immediate demands of the job, in order to develop the required knowledge and skills. We recommend that you discuss this with your chosen provider and agree on how this will be delivered. It is also important to note that the provision of protected time will be part of any external quality assurance for the apprenticeship.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has produced some guidance for employers and training providers, on how they should meet the 20% off-the-job training requirement. This includes some best practice examples.


Where can I find the latest updates about apprenticeships and training?

Keep up to date with apprenticeship developments by signing up to the NHS Employers Education and Training Newsletter. Click the link below to complete the sign up form.


Last updated on 4th August 2021