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As an health employer, we understand the benefits of having apprentices within our workforce and they offer us a route to harness fresh new talent and develop our existing workforce. Apprenticeship Education Programmes are part of the Government’s commitment to  build a better future for the Country; aiming to achive 3 million new apprentices by 2020.

What are Apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship Education Programme is an integrated work based training and development programme designed around the needs of employers, reflecting required knowledge and competencies which lead to nationally accredited apprenticeship qualifications. Apprenticeships are seen by the Government as key in supporting future skills and economic recovery.


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Apprenticeships at Leicester's Hospitals
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They are a way of:

  • Developing the skills of local people
  • Bringing young people into the workforce
  • Involving the local community in the delivery of local services
  • Training the organisation's current workforce and growing the workforce of the future
  • Increasing staff morale, productivity and retention
  • Succession planning

Apprenticeship Education Programmes come in a number of levels. They are often equivalent to qualifications we more commonly hear of e.g.

Intermediate Level 2 is equivalent to  5 GCSE’s, Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels, Level 5 is equivalent to an Undergraduate Degree, Level 6 is equivalent to a Degree and Level 7 is equivalent to a Masters!

Existing staff can develop their careers through these funded training programmes without changing their employment terms and conditions. Staff new to the Trust may be employed as an Apprentice on an Apprentice way so that they have an opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’.


Opportunities at Leicester's Hospitals

We have employed a number of young apprentices into a range of exciting clinical and non-clinical positions from level 2-6. 

Apprenticeship Education Programmes typically consists of: 

  • A competency based award e.g. Qualification Curriculum framework (QCF) 
  • A knowledge based certificate known as a ‘Technical Certificate’
  • Functional Skills and Employment Rights & Responsibilities      

Since the launch of the Levy the Trust has seen learners working on  programmes including: 

  • Customer Service
  • Health
  • Nursing Associate
  • Health Care Science
  • Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Improving Operational Performance (LEAN)
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • Associate Project Manager
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Facilities Management Supervisor
  • Facilities
  • Data Analyst
  • Medical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Whilst we have highlighted a number of programmes the list of what is available is constantly evolving through both conversion of existing programmes to apprenticeships and Trailblazers; where employers develop programmes to meet their future workforce needs. 

For any enquiries about apprenticeships at Leicester's Hospitals, please email Apprenticeships@uhl-tr.nhs.uk    

Click here to read more about two successfully completed apprenticeships. You can also watch below some of our apprentices talking about their apprenticeships!

New! More Apprenticeship News 

Watch / Listen to Asif's story

Watch / Listen to Keira's story

 OFSTED Visit to Our Apprenticeship and Development Centre

We underwent an OFSTED monitoring visit in July, as part of a series of national monitoring visits to a sample of new apprenticeship training providers that are funded through the apprenticeship levy. The focus of these visits was across three themes to ensure organisations were making reasonable progress with the new levy;

1. How much progress have leaders made in ensuring that the provider is meeting all the requirements of                successful apprenticeship provision?

2. What progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that apprentices benefit from high quality training that leads to positive outcomes for apprentices?

3. How much progress have leaders and managers made in ensuring that effective safeguarding arrangements are in place?

Across all themes the Leicester Hospitals Apprenticeship and Development Centre was awarded making reasonable progress. This is a fantastic achievement and one which the Centre is exceptionally proud of. In May 2017 the Trust took on the awe inspiring challenge of not only delivering apprenticeships within a hospital environment but delivering them under a newly launched national initiative where often no precedent existed. 

And from the manager's perspective

Watch / Listen to Rachel


Further information available from www.apprenticeships.org.uk

All Apprenticeship vacancies at UHL will be advertised on NHS Jobs and with the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service and the local Connexions.

Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service

There have been several articles regarding apprenticeships in the Trust's staff magazine