What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is on the job training leading to a national qualification, available for both new and existing staff. Anyone over the age of 16, who is not in full time education, can apply to be an apprentice.

There are different levels of apprenticeships, from intermediate and advanced to higher and degree levels. 

Apprenticeships are used to develop the skills and knowledge of both new and existing employees and typically combine on-the-job training at an employer’s site with off-the-job training provided by a training organisation. They are a way for staff to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

Apprenticeships broaden the scope of training and development for existing staff, whilst attracting new people to improve diversity within the workplace and bridging gaps in supply. They provide a future pipeline for clinical and non-clinical roles, counteract an ageing workforce and simplify career progression. Apprenticeship qualifications are available in a wide range of areas and levels including: business administration, healthcare, team leading, customer service, IT and communications.

What apprenticeships are available and relevant to primary care?

There are a wide range of apprenticeships appropriate for all level of roles within primary care, both clinical and non-clinical. The apprenticeships currently supported by the SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub are:

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