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An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme. It combines workplace experience with formal, off-the-job training.                         

An apprenticeship should last for a minimum of 12 months and the apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time on off-the-job training.  The apprenticeship will usually include an end-point assessment of the apprentice’s knowledge and practical capabilities. 

Off-the-job training is described by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. It can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work, but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.

Examples of off-the-job training include: theory (e.g. lectures, online learning, and role play), practical training apprentices wouldn’t usually do as part of their normal role (e.g. mentoring, shadowing, visits) and learning support including time spent writing assignments. 

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The Apprenticeship Levy is a Government initiative to increase the level of investment in skills and training. It applies to all employers across the UK with a pay bill in excess of £3 million. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017. The LEaD Vocational Centre will be able to draw on our Levy payment to fund training of apprentices, who may be new staff or existing employees.  

In order to draw on funding from the Levy, training must be delivered by an approved training provider and the apprentice must work towards an approved Framework or Standard.

Existing employees are eligible to do an apprenticeship and their training can be funded from the Apprenticeship Levy. It is important that the content of their training is materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeships they may have completed.

Prior to applying for any apprenticeship you must ensure that you fully meet the entry requirements for the qualification.

The Levy can be used to fund apprenticeship training for an individual at the same level, or at a lower level than a current qualification, but only if the apprenticeship will allow the individual to acquire substantive new skills.
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Occupational profile: Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals.

You will carry out well-defined routine clinical duties like monitoring an individual’s conditions (by checking things like blood pressure, temperature or weight), checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing. Depending on where you work, you may also help them to eat, drink, wash, dress or go to the toilet. You will prepare individuals for healthcare activities carried out by other members of the healthcare team, looking after them before, during and/or after those activities in line with their care plan. You will also carry out non-clinical duties and, depending on where you work, this could include things like keeping records, making beds, tidying up your work area, returning or cleaning the equipment used during a clinical activity. You will be able to address straightforward problems in your day to day work, reporting concerns and changes to the appropriate person in a timely manner.

HCSWs work in a range of healthcare settings and your team may include workers from both health and social care. You will report to a registered healthcare practitioner who will directly or indirectly supervise your work.

Course Duration: 15 months

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Care Certificate

You also need to ensure that you are:

  • A permanent employee of the organisation
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Hold an enhanced clinical level DBS clearance
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

You may work in a range of services eg hospital, community, health or day case unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

Course Duration: 18 months

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Care Certificate
  • Prior experience as a support worker

You also need to ensure that you are:

  • A permanent employee of the organisation
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Hold an enhanced clinical level DBS clearance
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead

Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology).

Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

Course Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Care Certificate
  • Level 3 Health & Social Care/Health or equivalent
  • Level 2 Literacy or equivalent
  • Level 2 Numeracy or equivalent
  • Level 3 Bridging the Gap (in house programme)

You also need to ensure that you are:

  • A permanent employee of the organisation
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Hold an enhanced clinical level DBS clearance
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently, and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings covering pre-life to end of life. 

Course Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Care Certificate
  • Level 3 Health & Social Care/Health or equivalent
  • Level 2 Literacy or equivalent
  • Level 2 Numeracy or equivalent
  • Level 3 Bridging the Gap (in house programme)

You also need to ensure that you are:

  • A permanent employee of the organisation
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Hold an enhanced clinical level DBS clearance
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

The course is suitable for those working within an existing clinical support role such as a Healthcare Support Worker, who have demonstrated the capabilities and commitment to develop towards registered nurse status.

It offers a progression route to staff from their relevant Level 3 qualification and additionally can be used to support recruitment of new apprentices.

The programme also provides a progression for any Assistant Practitioner’s or Nursing Associates that wish to progress into nursing.

Course Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Care Certificate
  • Level 3 Health & Social Care/Health or equivalent
  • Level 2 Literacy or equivalent
  • Level 2 Numeracy or equivalent
  • Level 3 Bridging the Gap (in house programme)

You also need to ensure that you are:

  • A permanent employee of the organisation
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Hold an enhanced clinical level DBS clearance
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

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The Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship is a starting point for anyone working within an office environment, or for those already working in an office environment who would like to undertake a professional qualification. 


The apprenticeship is designed with a variety of entry level junior administrative roles in mind, which involves learning all the essential business administration requirements fundamental to all businesses. Typical roles include:

  • Receptionists
  • Office Junior
  • Administrator
  • Medical Secretary

Course Duration: 15 months

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Your work contract allows you to complete the apprenticeship
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. 

The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services.

Throughout the duration of the apprenticeship business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities. The responsibilities of the role are to support and engage with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers. With a focus on adding value, the role of business administrator contributes to the efficiency of an organisation, through support of functional areas, working across teams and resolving issues as requested.

Course Duration: 18 months

Entry Requirements:

As part of the application process you must ensure you have the following. Please Note: you will not be able to commence the programme without these requirements.

  • Your work contract allows you to complete the apprenticeship
  • Prior experience of working in an office environment
  • 100% compliant with statutory and mandatory training
  • Fully supported by your Line Manager and Divisional Lead


Download the fact sheet for this qualification

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Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

We are now inviting staff to apply for the September 2019 cohort for the Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.  

In order to apply for the programme please complete the application form and return to vocationalcentre@southernhealth.nhs.uk

Application Deadline - 31st March 2019        

Nursing Associate AND Assistant Practitioner (Health) Apprenticeship

We are now inviting staff to apply for the April 2020 cohort for the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship AND the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship.

In order to apply for the programme please complete the application form and return to vocationalcentre@southernhealth.nhs.uk 

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