About apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience, and get paid - you’re an employee with a contract of employment. 

It doesn't matter whether you’re just starting out in your career, want a change or are upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification, such as a degree, and still start an apprenticeship as long as it’s in a different subject. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career. 

Not all roles within the NHS are clinical - we have staff in Digital, Finance, Human Resources, Communications and a range of administration roles who come together to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

Whatever skills you have, there is probably a job that will suit them in the NHS and an apprenticeship might be the perfect way to start your career with us.

We also offer apprenticeship training pathways for existing staff as part of continuous professional development.

How to know if an apprenticeship is for you

Apprenticeships are for people of all ages - there is no upper age limit. 

Apprenticeships offer routes into a variety of careers in the NHS and are an excellent opportunity to earn money, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time, with many different areas of work to consider.

The important thing is that you are interested in learning new skills.

An apprenticeship in the NHS isn’t like going to college or university - as an apprentice you will be doing a real job while training and getting paid for it! 

Benefits of becoming an apprentice

There are many benefits to becoming an apprentice:

  • You gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • You are paid a salary and have a contract of employment
  • You achieve a qualification that is fully funded
  • You have access to the NHS pension scheme
  • You have access to a range of NHS benefits 

Finding an apprenticeship

We advertise our apprenticeship vacancies on Trac, our online recruitment system. There are no set times when we advertise apprenticeships - if you register on Trac you can set up job alerts so you know when we have a vacancy.

Further information

Step Into The NHS - apprenticeships  

NHS apprenticeships (Health Careers)

Apprenticeship standards (Gov.uk)