Recruitment, Employment and Pay
Apprentices must have a contract of employment and a learning agreement for the duration of their apprenticeship. These are known as Apprenticeship agreements. You can download a template and further details of what it should contain from the government website here. Other helpful resources to use when recruiting apprentices can be downloaded below.
- Government’s apprenticeship agreement template
- NHS employers what you need to know FAQs
- Papworth NHS Foundation Trust apprentice application form
- Papworth NHS Foundation Trust apprentice eligibility criteria
- Health Education England apprentice commitment statement
- Anonymous Trust apprenticeship policy and procedures
ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. An ESOL course is for Learners for whom English is not their first language and who need to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. ESOL programmes have similar initial assessments to Functional Skills and the programme levels are Entry Level 1 up to Level 2. All Learners will be assessed on entry and work towards achieving the next level on completion of their programme.
- Health Education England ESOL Guidance
Numeracy and Literacy
All apprentices must achieve English and maths prior to end point assessment. The minimum English and maths requirements for an apprenticeship are set out in each Apprenticeship standard.
- Level 2 apprentices must achieve level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2
- Level 3 to 8 apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths
- For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
Many employers use numeracy and literacy assessment as part of their recruitment process.
- HASO news item LLD – English and Maths
- Health Education England English and maths functional skills guidance for employers
- Health Education England Functional skills online provision
Sometimes apprentices are supernumerary. For regulated roles, please check the NMC and HCPC’s positions on supernumerary status. Other regulatory bodies may have position statements on this. If in doubt, please contact them directly to ask.
- Skills for Health HCPC and NMC Supernumerary status
Apprentices are salaried employees during their apprenticeship. The minimum wage per hour for an apprentice (correct as at April 2018) is as follows:
- Under 19 or during first year of apprenticeship £3.70
- Age 19 to 20 £5.90
- Age 21 to 24 £7.38
- Age 25+ £7.83
In health many organisations may choose to pay their trainees more than the minimum wage, view below.
Health Education England is passionate about and has a commitment to widening participation in apprenticeships. Having recently become a member of the nationwide, multi-sector Apprentice Diversity Champions’ Network, HEE is helping to drive positive change throughout the NHS so that apprenticeships are seen as opportunities for all sections of the community, particularly underrepresented or disadvantaged groups. Having diversity in the workforce ultimately means greater quality of patient care as well as helping individuals achieve their potential.
Among other activities, the NHS and HEE are delivering programmes to improve access for those with learning difficulties or disabilities. This includes supported internships and supported apprenticeships, enabling those with particular needs to gain sustainable employment and delivering benefits to employers who are now able to access a wider talent pool.
For more information about the national programme of work supporting widening participation in apprenticeships, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org