As a 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. At Leicester Hospitals not only do we employ apprentices but we are also an apprenticeship training centre with a portfolio of programmes delivered to our people and a range of health and social care employers.
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.
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!
Staff new to the Trust will be employed on an Apprenticeship contract so that they have an opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’. Existing staff can develop their careers through these funded training programmes without changing their employment terms and conditions.
Opportunities at Leicester's Hospitals
We employ apprentices into a range of clinical and non-clinical positions with their learning ranging from level 2 to 7. Our Clinical and Scientific degree apprentice intake is becoming much sort after.
Since the launch of the Levy the Trust has seen our people working on programmes including:
- Advanced Clinical Practitioner
- Assistant Associate Practitioner
- Associate Project Manager
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Data Analyst
- Data Technician
- Digital Marketing
- Health Care Science
- Health (Level 2 to 6)
- Hospitality (Level 2 to 4)
- Improvement Leader (Level 6)
- Improvement Technician (Level 3)
- Junior Content Producer
- Leadership (Level 5 to 7)
- Learning Mentor
- Medical Engineering
- Nursing Associate
- Nursing Degree
- Occupational Therapy
- Pharmacy Services
- Physiotherapy and many more!
- Professional Coaching
- Team Leader (Level 3)
Whilst we have highlighted a number of programmes the list of what is available, and what the hospital are accessing, is constantly evolving to meet their future workforce needs.
For apprentice job opportunities please visit https://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/work-for-us/current-vacancies/
For any enquiries about apprenticeships at Leicester's Hospitals, please email Apprenticeships@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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Click here to read more about four successfully completed apprenticeships. You can also watch below some of our apprentices talking about their apprenticeships!
Secretary of State Return
Data Publication and Activity Return to the Department for Education
The Trust is required to complete an annual return to the Secretary of State on its Apprenticeship starts. The return includes several figures which will enable the Government, the public, and wider stakeholders to understand each body’s headcount and the number of apprentices they employ. The data collected will be published annually to support transparency and external accountability, and to help maintain the momentum public sector bodies have built up. At Leicester Hospitals in 2022/23 the following has been reported:
- The number of new apprentices between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 (includes both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) at the Trust is 245.
- The total Number of apprentices who were working at the Trust on 31 March 2023 was 448.
- The reporting percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2022 is 1.59%.