Looking to become an apprentice?
The HASO website is a dedicated resource for employers, however, we often get enquiries from apprentices who want to start their career in a healthcare setting or who want to gain other skills in their workplace. See the list of common Frequently Asked Questions below.
Please note, you cannot make an application for an apprenticeship via this site.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
Each healthcare employer recruits to apprenticeship vacancies individually.
- The government’s Find an Apprenticeship website allows you to create an account and receive notifications about which apprenticeships are available. You can make applications directly from that site
- Apprenticeships in the NHS are usually advertised on the NHS Jobs website where you can also sign up to receive relevant notifications and make applications. Health Careers explains what the different roles do.
- The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers lists which training organisations are offering each apprenticeship standard. You may find it helpful to contact your local college or training provider directly to make enquiries about the apprenticeships they offer
What are the entry requirements for the apprenticeship?
Entry requirements to apprenticeships are set by individual employers and training providers. Unfortunately, we are unable to give you individual advice about your circumstances and needs but you can check what the entry requirements are for each apprenticeship vacancy that you apply to. You should be able to find these details in the job advertisements, job descriptions or person specifications that the employers provide or in the training provider’s prospectus. Entry requirements include things like: your work experiences to date, the academic qualifications you hold or are working towards, international qualifications you have taken and your levels of English and maths.
What qualification do I get at the end of a Degree apprenticeship?
Degree level apprenticeships include a full degree, equivalent to those awarded to students on a full-time academic route. Degree level apprenticeships enable you to be employed as an apprentice whilst completing your degree programme. This may appeal to people who may not otherwise have seen university as a viable option. Degree apprenticeships can attract talented candidates into professional roles they may not have otherwise considered.
Can I please sign up to receive notification of when the apprenticeship standard is available?
You can sign up to our newsletter here to receive automatic updates about apprenticeships in healthcare.
Is the university near me offering the apprenticeship I want to apply for?
Universities make a decision on which apprenticeships to provide based on a number of factors including employer demand. The Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers lists which education provider is offering which apprenticeship. You may also wish to contact your local universities to ask if they will be offering the apprenticeship you want to apply for as they may still be in the process of applying to the Register and therefore will not yet be visible on the list.
How do I get my employer involved in this apprenticeship?
If you are currently employed in a healthcare role, you may find it helpful to speak to your training department and find out what the organisation’s approach to apprenticeships is. Please note that in most instances applying for apprenticeships is a competitive process. You would have to meet the entry requirements of both your employer and the training provider and be successful through the application process. If your employer has not yet been involved with apprenticeships you may find it helpful to direct them to the resources on this site, in particular the toolkit page, which will help them to plan for apprenticeships in their organisation.
Can I apply for an apprenticeship if I already hold a degree?
Yes. However, to receive funding your employer must prove that the training provided is developing skills that you have not already learned at university when taking your first degree.
Will I get paid during my apprenticeship?
Yes, all employed apprentices aged 16 or over must receive a wage of at least £3.70 an hour. Pay is determined locally so it may be higher but cannot be lower than this amount.
Do I have to pay anything towards my apprenticeship?
No, your employer will pay your salary and support you throughout your apprenticeship. But you will need to pay for your own travel and subsistence.
How long does an apprenticeship take?
The duration of an apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice and the level of the apprenticeship being undertaken. But all apprenticeships require a minimum of 12 months to complete.
Is there an age limit for being an apprentice?
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 who is living in England and is not in full-time education. There is no upper age limit.
My daughter/son wants to apply for an apprenticeship, how can I help them?
A parent’s guide to apprenticeships gives a brief summary about the benefits and options available so you can help your child make the right decision.
The apprenticeship is approved for delivery but I can't find it anywhere, does that mean it's not available to apply?
If the apprenticeship has been approved recently, it could be that Universities or Training Providers have yet to apply to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. There is usually a delay between apprenticeship standards being developed and providers being ready to deliver the programme. This is because they need time to prepare the course content and resources. Employers also need time to recruit apprentices and prepare the apprenticeship.