NHS apprenticeships - see what you could do
Did you know there are great opportunities to start and progress your career through an NHS apprenticeship?
Have a look at the categories below to see what you could do.
There are all sorts of apprenticeships available in the NHS, whatever your experience or qualifications. You could work on a ward providing hands-on care, or in a role behind the scenes that helps keep the NHS running. Whatever you choose, you'll make a big difference to patient care from day one and be sure of a rewarding career.
The NHS has apprenticeships at all levels too, whether you're just starting your career or looking to progress to being a registered nurse or other professional:
- level 2 - equivalent to GCSEs
- level 3 - equivalent to A-levels
- levels 4 and 5 - equivalent to a foundation degree and above
- levels 6 and 7 - equivalent to a full bachelor’s or Master’s degree
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 a level 3 apprenticeship. To start a level 6 apprenticeship you're likely to need A-levels, equivalent level 3 qualifications or relevant experience.
Check out Skills for Health's handy factsheets for more information about what you could do at each level.
Use this online tool to help you decide what level of apprenticeship is right for you. And read our stories from apprentices like you for inspiration!
You'll see some live vacancies below, and make sure you set up an alert on the NHS Jobs website so you can easily see opportunities in your area.
New NHS apprenticeships are being developed all the time too, so be sure to check this page regularly.
Not every apprenticeship is available in every area, so if you can't immediately see your ideal vacancy, it's a good idea to widen your search criteria for other opportunities. For example, finding a healthcare assistant role will provide invaluable experience and mean you're already working when other apprenticeship opportunities become available. You could also contact the NHS organisations in your area to find out what apprenticeships they might be planning.
Staff in what we call the allied health professions help patients live their lives as fully as possible.
How about starting your career with an assistant or support apprenticeship? You could be a:
Occupational therapy support worker
Speech and language therapy assistant
If you're ready to look for a degree-level apprenticeship, is one of these professions right for you?
Operating department practitioner
See the Skills for Health website for more information about the allied health professions.
How about starting your career with an assistant or support apprenticeship in the ambulance service team? It's more than just flashing blue lights and you could be:
a call handler/emergency medical dispatcher
an emergency medical technician
If you're ready to look for a degree-level apprenticeship, how about training to be a paramedic?
How about an apprenticeship in the dental team? You'll play a vital role looking after people's mouths and contribute to patients' wider health.
Dental technician/dental technologist
See the Skills for Health website for more information about the dental team.
In an estates and facilities apprenticeship, you'll provide one of the services that make a huge difference to patient care and their experience of care.
How about an apprenticeship in domestic services where you'll ensure NHS buildings are clean and safe, and patients are fed?
If you choose something in estates services, you'll help maintain NHS buildings using carpentry, engineering or plumbing skills.
Or in a support services apprenticeship, you could provide a fire safety, portering or security service.
See the Skills for Health website for more information about estates and facilities.
If IT, library work or analysing data are your thing, how about a health informatics apprenticeship in:
Health records and patient information
Information and communication technology
Knowledge and library services
Fancy playing a part in preventing, diagnosing and treating patients' medical conditions or helping with their rehabilitation?
Choose a healthcare science apprenticeship:
Decontamination and sterile services
See the Skills for Health website for more information about the healthcare sciences.
Healthcare support workers are quite simply the lifeblood of the NHS. See the types of apprenticeship you can do:
Occupational therapy support worker
Midwifery staff talk about feeling privileged in their work. How about an apprenticeship as a maternity support worker or newborn hearing screener?
If you're ready for a degree level study, you could look for a midwifery apprenticeship.
See the Skills for Health website for more information about midwifery.
Interested in nursing?
How about an apprenticeship as a nursing associate? It's a worthwhile career in its own right, or you could put your training towards a nursing apprenticeship to become a registered nurse:
See the Skills for Health website for more information about nursing.
A peer support worker apprenticeship could be the perfect apprenticeship for you if you have lived experience of mental health challenges and would like to use that experience to support others.
If you choose a career in pharmacy, you'll make a positive difference to people's lives and wellbeing from day one. It's more than just pills and potions.
How about an apprenticeship as a pharmacy assistant or pharmacy technician?
See the Skills for Health website for more information about pharmacy.
You'll work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinical staff from day one in a physician associate apprenticeship. Could it be the right choice for you?
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown more than ever how vital public health careers are. If you'd like to be at the forefront of helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from threats to their health, choose a public health apprenticeship:
Environmental health professional
Public health knowledge and intelligence professional
See the Skills for Health website for more information about public health.
The NHS simply couldn't run without a huge number of people working behind the scenes. See if an apprenticeship in one of these vital - wider healthcare team - services could be right for you.
Administration, for example working in health records or as a receptionist, secretary or telephonist. See the Skills for Health website for more information about business and administration.
Clinical support where you could make a difference in NHS 111, employment support or social prescribing.
Corporate services as communications, human resources or finance. See the Skills for Health website for more information about human resources.
Below you'll be able to see some live apprenticeship vacancies, pulled through from the NHS Jobs website. This is only a sample, so make sure you set yourself up with an account on NHS Jobs so you get an alert when vacancies you're interested in become available.
Find a vacancy
Visit NHS Jobs to find more apprenticeship vacancies
Top Tip! If you see an apprenticeship you’re interested in, it’s always a good idea to contact the training provider or employer and get yourself on their mailing list.