Apprenticeships, traineeships and cadet schemes

Earn, learn and make a difference with an NHS apprenticeship. Our apprenticeships offer routes into many of the more than 350 NHS careers through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning. 

"I have grown in confidence, learned a lot of new skills and feel really happy in my role."

Emily is a business admin apprentice. Read Emily's story

What you need to know about NHS apprenticeships

Meet our apprentices

NHS apprenticeships

NHS apprenticeships are available at four levels:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will depend on the employer and the type and level of apprenticeship.

For example, you may need four or five GCSEs at grades 9-4/A-C or equivalent to do an Advanced Level Apprenticeship. To start a higher apprenticeship you're likely to need A-levels, equivalent level 3 qualifications or relevant and sufficient experience.

Types of apprenticeships

With more than 350 different NHS careers, there are hundreds of different jobs which can be done through an apprenticeship. Here are just a few:

See our handy PDF for examples of the types of available apprenticeships in health. And look out for the 'A' icon when exploring the various roles on this website to see which ones can be entered through an apprenticeship. 

"As an apprentice and a student paramedic, no two days are the same. Every day is varied and poses different challenges."

Katie is a student paramedic at North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. Read her story.

Applying for an NHS apprenticeship

There has never been a better time to start an NHS apprenticeship but often there's a lot of competition for a place. This means your application and interview are crucial. Some things to think about:

You can find NHS apprenticeship vacancies on the NHS Jobs website. A taste of some of the current vacancies below.

So what happens after finishing an apprenticeship?

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