What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes; they can provide routes into a variety of careers within Health and Care. They are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience and achieve a nationally recognised apprenticeship. They enable individuals to gain experience, skills and knowledge in an apprenticeship relevant to the occupational area of work and to become fully competent in the chosen job role/career.
Apprenticeships provide paid routes into a variety of Health and Care careers through a blended approach of classroom and on-the-job training.
Health and Care apprenticeships are not just clinical, there are non-clinical opportunities available across organisations in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
NHS apprenticeships are available at four levels that have different entry requirements:
- Intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeships (equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or A*-C)There are no set entry requirements for an intermediate apprenticeship, but employers may set their own. Completing an intermediate level apprenticeship provides the skills you need for certain roles or allows entry to an advanced level apprenticeship.
- Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships (equivalent to 2 A-levels)To start an advanced level apprenticeship you should have 5 GCSEs (at grades 9-4 or A*-C) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship.
- Higher (Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7) apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree and above)To start a higher level apprenticeship you should have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) or have completed an advanced level apprenticeship.
- Degree (Levels 6 and 7) apprenticeships (equivalent to a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)To start a degree level apprenticeship you should have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) or have completed an advanced level or higher level apprenticeship.