What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn. You’ll get hands on experience of working in the NHS, while studying for nationally recognised qualification to kick start your career. As part of the qualification you will take part in a structured development programme, which includes the following:

National Vocational Qualification Level 2 – in relevant subject area, you will pick units that are most suitable to the work that is going to be undertaken and provide evidence to meet the requirements.
Technical Certificate – covers everything that you need to know in order to do your job. These take place in the classroom on a day release basis or in your workplace with your assessor.
Functional skills in literacy, numeracy & ICT – teaches you how maths, English and ICT applies to the workplace, but if you have a GCSE A -C or equivalent in these subjects you will be exempt.
Employer rights and responsibilities – you will complete a workbook to demonstrate your understanding of your job, the Trust and the NHS.

Why become an apprentice?

  • Start your career in NHS
  • Earn a wage while you learn
  • Paid annual leave (27 days) and bank holidays
  • Receive training and support in post
  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions
  • You will have a mentor to support you and help guide your apprenticeship
  • Learn job-specific skills working alongside experienced staff
  • Hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment
  • Gain exposure to the vast array of job and career opportunities at CPFT and the wider NHS
  • NHS discounts including discounts at Nandos, Dorothy Perkins, Dominos and online NHS discounts (www.healthservicediscounts.com)
  • NUS student discounts, including cheaper bus fares and other retailers.

What apprenticeships are available at CPFT?  

Business administration
Administrators can work in a number of locations such as a hospital, community clinic or an office. You might be the first person a patient meets when they enter the hospital or clinic. You could be working behind the scenes ensuring the right information is available in the right place, at the right time to meet service needs. You will be working closely with doctors, healthcare professionals, and other administrators. You will support teams to provide an efficient and effective clerical, administrative and secretarial support service. Working in administration requires good organisational skills, a strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail.
Health and social care
You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to support doctors, nurses, health professionals and clinical support staff when they provide healthcare. You will work in either a ward or in the community, looking after patients with mental and/or physical health needs. It can include anything from helping patients get dressed, taking them shopping, serving food, making and changing their beds.

How to apply

There is no set time when an apprenticeship is advertised, once an apprenticeship is available it will be usually be advertised for two weeks. Once the advert has closed and if your application has been successful you will be invited for an interview, usually by the e-mail address you provided when you registered. After your interview you will be notified whether or not you have been offered the position. If you have been offered the position we will begin the pre-employment checks and confirm a start date. Once you have started the college will meet with you and your line manager to discuss the apprenticeship programme, which will be tailored to meet the requirements of the job role and your needs.

Current apprenticeship vacancies

Our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the find an apprenticeship webpage and NHS Jobs. Simply register to complete an application form.

Contact us

If you have any questions about apprenticeships please contact:

Amy Rothwell
Apprenticeship and Development Co-ordinator
Learning and Organisational Development
2-4 Victoria House
Capital Park
Cambridge CB21 5XB

T 01223 868869
M 07976 947897
E amy.rothwell@cpft.nhs.uk

The page was last updated on 19 June 2019 by andrea.bateman.


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