Apprenticeships are about ‘earning while you learn’. They are a combination of on the job training and related study closely supported and supervised by a professional training provider. They are a great way to start and develop your career. Apprenticeship qualifications are also available for existing staff.
Anyone over the age of 16 can do an apprenticeship. As there is no upper age limit, many people start an apprenticeship when they are looking for a career change or simply looking for further development and qualifications. For those who have just left school, apprenticeships provide a very viable alternative to university courses, as apprenticeships can be studied to degree level and those who take up an apprenticeship will not be left with tuition fee loans after their studies.
The NHS is one of the most extensive providers of apprenticeships for people aged 16 and over, with more than 150 different roles available. As the country’s largest employer the NHS offers the widest variety of apprenticeships in patient-facing and supporting roles including trades, engineering, finance, management and pharmacy.
According to Government UK statistics:
“The majority (92%) of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had had a positive impact on their career”
“Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 75% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service”
“After finishing, 7 in 10 apprentices (77%) stay with the same employer”
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