Apprenticeship Standards Series
The Apprenticeship Standards Factsheets show the variety of apprenticeships available in occupations such as Nursing, Ambulance Services, Allied Health Professions, Radiography and Healthcare Science. Click on the below links to find out more about a particular area. Our Pathways Tool also shows the variety of apprenticeships available in each of these areas. You may also find IfATE’s Occupational Maps useful.
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- Allied Health Professions Occupations -
- Ambulance Services Occupations -
- Business and Administration support -
- Dental -
- Education and Learning -
- Facilities and Estates (Hard) -
- Facilities and Estates (Soft) -
- Facilities and Estates Management -
- Facilities and Estates Sustainability -
- Healthcare Science Occupations -
- HR&OD - The People Professions -
- Leadership and Management -
- Maternity -
- Nursing Occupations -
- Pharmacy -
- Primary Care Nursing -
- Public Health -
- Radiography Occupations -
- Wellbeing & Psychology Professions -
Apprenticeships and Sustainability
In October 2020 the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to becoming carbon net zero. This section details where you can find resources and guidance on the progress made so far and how employers can contribute.
Read the Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service (July 2022) report. This report provides a detailed account of the NHS’ modelling and analytics underpinning the latest NHS carbon footprint, trajectories to net zero and the interventions required to achieve that ambition.
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE):
IfATE’s Sustainability at the Institute section details their:
Visit the Green Allied Health Profession hub to access guidance, examples of what others are doing and suggestions of how AHPs can contribute to environmentally sustainable practices.
Learn more about how to make a positive impact towards net zero.
Care Experienced Apprenticeship Recruitment
This section highlights resources for employers to help identify best practice when recruiting and supporting care experienced young people through an apprenticeship.
With the care leaver’s bursary due to be increased to £3,000 from 1st August 2023 there has never been a better time to support care experienced young people into NHS careers and apprenticeships.
Access gov.uk’s –Support for Care Experienced Apprentices – Apprentice Support Centre (apprenticeships.gov.uk) which includes information on the Apprenticeships Care Leaver Bursary, including eligibility, how to claim and how and when payments will be made.
NHS England held a Recruiting & Retaining Care Experienced Young People webinar in June 2023 and the slides are available for this webinar:
Following on from this webinar another one is scheduled on Thursday 16th November 2023 – Recruiting & Retaining Care Experienced Young People – an NHS Employer Engagement Webinar Part 2
The Moving on Up Group held its inaugural wider group meeting on 1st August 2023. You can access a recording of this meeting here. Over 300 organisations have registered for the Moving on Up Group. Visit the Moving on Up website. Learn more about this project and access resources.
- Care Leavers Guide – Amazing Apprenticeships
- Care Leaver Covenant – Home – Care Leaver Covenant (mycovenant.org.uk)
- Care Leaver Covenant – Care Leaver Covenant Overview
- Moving on up – Amazing Apprenticeships
- National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum | Catch22 (catch-22.org.uk)
- NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard makes a commitment to support care leavers (youtube video)
- Resources to support care leavers into apprenticeships – Learning and Work Institute
- Short Guide for West Midlands Local Authorities
Click here to visit our FAQ section.
There are three categories in this section:FAQ Videos
Career Starter Apprenticeships
The Department for Education (DfE), in partnership with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), have launched a new initiative, Career Starter Apprenticeships. This initiative aims to raise young people’s awareness of apprenticeship opportunities.
Many apprenticeships are a great opportunity for those looking for their first role after leaving full-time education. Learn more about some of the career starter apprenticeships by clicking on the links below. These packs include case studies, details about day-to-day activities, salaries and durations.
- Business Administration
- Cyber Security or Digital Support Technician
- Data / Software
- Dental Nurse
- Digital Technician
- Early Years Educator
- Freight Forwarding
- Horticulture or Landscaping
Visit gov.uk’s Career Starter page for further information.
You can also check out some of the Career Starter case studies:
- Meet Abbey, a dental nurse, who will tell you about the role and the qualifications needed.
- Meet Millie, promoted to a medical assistant with Royal Devon NHS Trust.
- Meet Alex, who has transformed her career by rotating through lots of different medical teams.
- Meet Chris, who recently qualified through the dental nurse apprenticeship programme with Tempdent.
- Meet Tamzin, a cyber security apprentice working towards becoming a chief technical officer.
- Meet Amber, an apprentice at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
You can check out our FAQ section if you have queries about apprenticeships.
You can also visit our Job Families Section. This section lets you view Apprenticeship Standards in the context of the job families to which they belong such as Nursing or Healthcare Science. You can use this section to view a variety of apprenticeships, guidance and case studies.
You can visit the Get the Jump. This site gives details on T Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, and Higher Technical Qualifications.
Care Certificate Celebration Day:
The Care Certificate Celebration Day is taking place on 5th December 2023.
There will be a webinar again this year on 5th December 2023, from 10:00 – 11:30, with various speakers covering themes such as:
- New to Care, onboarding
- Support Worker reflections of completing the Care Certificate
- Continuing best practice
Click on the below links to access some of the resources from last year’s event:
About the Care Certificate Celebration Day
As part of this event, NHS England shared how far the Care Certificate has come, how it provides a foundation for new Support Workers in Health and…..
- Raises the profile of Support Workers – This event included hearing reflections from Support Workers on what achieving the Care Certificate means to them at the start of their career journey
- Raises the profile of the Care Certificate programme – It also included reflecting on its development and how it future proofs the future workforce
- Raises the profile of Support Worker training and education – Additionally, it included organisational reflections from Care Certificate Leads and Educators- what they have achieved and how they maintain quality and relevant training for new recruits
About the Care Certificate:
Designed with the unregistered workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that Health and Care professionals have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care and support.
The Care Certificate materials can be found on the Skills for Health website. All of the supporting materials such as the workbook, assessor documents, code of conduct, and self-assessment tools as well as the standards themselves can be found here.
The below animation explains what the Care Certificate is, who it is for and why it is so important.
Disability at Work
Disabled Apprentice Network (DAN)’s 2023 Report: Speaking from Experience: Getting It Right for Disabled Apprentices
Access gov.uk’s Apprentice Support Centre: Support for Apprentices with a Learning Difficulty or Disability
Resource for Learners:
- Empowerment Passport – Health Education England has funded access to the Empowerment Passport for Learners. (Please note that providers/employers that are interested would need to look at a corporate licence.)
- Diversity & Disability Toolkit: This Toolkit goes through the process of applying for and accessing additional support, showing what to do and when. This Toolkit is useful for for Health Professionals and learners.
Click on the below links to learn more:
- A guide to improving staff disability data
- An inclusive approach to disability leave
- Ensuring apprenticeships are accessible: An Employer/Provider Guide
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkit and Strategy – IfATE (Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education)
- How to recruit and support disabled staff in the NHS
- Making reasonable adjustments to support disabled staff in their roles
- Supporting disabled staff in the workplace
- The NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme
- 6 tips for getting ready to welcome your apprentice -
- 6 tips for applying for an apprenticeship -
- 6 tips for the first few days of your apprenticeship -
- 6 tips on reaching the end of your apprenticeship -
- 6 tips for applying for your next job -
- 6 Tips for Developing an apprenticeship strategy -
- 6 Tips on Apprenticeship Funding -
- Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships -
- Am I ready? How do I apply for an apprenticeship? -
- Apprentice Guide to Quality Apprenticeships (IfATE) -
- Apprenticeships in Primary and Social Care -
- Apprenticeship Levy - The NHS Apprenticeship Levy Study: The 2022 edition (February 2023) -
- Apprenticeship Planning Tools - Costing Tools -
- Apprenticeship Support Centre - gov.uk -
- Bridging Programme - HEE Bridging Programme Employer Guidance -
- Content writing guideline for HASO -
- Conversations with your board about apprenticeships -
- Department for Education - Apprenticeship & Levy Statistics -
- Education and Skills Funding Agency - Funding Rules -
- Education and Skills Funding Agency - How to register & use the apprenticeship service as an employer -
- Education and Skills Funding Agency - The Levy -
- EDI - NHS equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) improvement plan -
- Employ an apprentice for your business: step by step - gov.uk -
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkit and Strategy - IfATE -
- Estates and Facilities Apprenticeship Challenge 2022 / 2023 -
- Estates and Facilities Toolkit -
- Flexible Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care - Manual -
- Improving apprentice experience - Learning and Work Institute -
- Initial assessment to recognise prior learning (gov.uk) -
- Levy Transfer Procurement and Contracting Guidance -
- Levy Transfer Receiving Employer Guidance -
- Making AHP Apprenticeships Happen - Guides -
- National Functional Skills Employer Guide -
- NHS 25% Levy Transfer Journey -
- Off-the-job training flowchart -
- Off-the-job training top 5 myths -
- Pre-Employment / Apprenticeship Programmes and Partnerships with Colleges – Guidance for Employers -
- Recruit and retain young people toolkit - NHS Employers -
- Routes into the NHS Infographic - NHS Employers -
- Royal College of Midwives - Apprenticeships -
- Social Mobility Commission Toolkit -
- Supernumerary Status -
- Supporting Young Apprentices - Guidance for Employers -
- The value of apprenticeships in the NHS - NHS Employers -
- Trailblazers - Find out about the Apprenticeship standard development process -
- Transferring Funds FAQs -
- Understanding apprenticeship benefits and funding -
- Welfare & Wellbeing in the Apprenticeship – IfATE -
- Advanced Clinical Practitioner (Degree) - Information Pack -
- Ambulance Support Worker – Information pack -
- Assistant Practitioner (Health) - information pack -
- Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP) (Integrated Degree) - information pack -
- Dental Nurse (integrated) -
- Diagnostic Radiographer - Information pack -
- Dietitian (Integrated Degree) apprenticeship – Information pack -
- Enhanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Midwife (Degree) NMC 2019 apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Nursing Associate (NMC 2018) apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Occupational Therapist (Degree) – Information pack -
- Operating Department Practitioner Apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Paramedic (Degree) apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Physiotherapist (Degree) Apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Podiatrist (Degree) Apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Prosthetist and Orthotist (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship - Information pack -
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner - Information pack -
- Registered Nurse Degree (NMC 2018) - Information pack -
- Senior Healthcare Support Worker – Information pack -
- Therapeutic Radiographer (integrated degree) - Information pack -
The Apprenticeship Implementation Toolkit is for people who are new to implementing apprenticeships and want to find out more about things like funding, pay, procurement and pathways.