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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An Apprenticeship gives you both by combining on-the-job training with study (usually one day a week), meaning you can earn while you learn. With some Apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an Apprenticeship depending on which level you take.

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  • Tell me more about Apprenticeships in Health and Care.

    The NHS and Care sector is enormous and offers a huge choice of roles, from hands-on clinical work, to Finance and Communications. Whatever area you are interested in working in, this sector will have an Apprenticeship for you!

    We offer a range of Apprenticeships designed to take your career in exciting directions in areas ranging from Business to Healthcare Science and Engineering plus many others. Our Apprentices receive lots of hands-on training from experienced professionals and are given real responsibility to help deliver innovative ways to meet the everyday needs of modern healthcare.

    In a sector as diverse as ours there are always interesting opportunities available. Our Apprenticeship offer continues to grow and develop each and every year but no matter which Apprenticeship you choose, you will work towards nationally-recognised qualifications.

  • Who is eligible to undertake an Apprenticeship?

    Eligibility checks include, but are not limited to:

    • having the right to work in England
    • spending at least 50% of their working hours in England
    • the apprentice must work for you, or a connected company, or connected charity as defined by HMRC.
  • What Apprenticeships are available?

    Apprenticeship qualifications start from Level 2 and can go up to a level 7. The courses will vary depending on what is relevant to the role, i.e. Business and Admin, Nursing, Adult Social Care etc. You can find the different Apprenticeship course list here. Or, if you would like to apply for an Apprenticeship, you can find current opportunities here.

  • How many hours will an Apprentice be required to work?

    The minimum duration of each Apprenticeship is based on the apprentice working 30 hours a week or more, including any off-the-job training they undertake.

    If an apprentice works less than 30 hours per week the duration of the apprenticeship will need to be extended.

  • How much are Apprentices paid?

    The current rate of pay can be found here.  ​​​​​ 

    The rate will vary depending on the age, level and the duration of the apprenticeship.

  • Can existing staff undertake an Apprenticeship qualification?

    Existing staff are able to undertake Apprenticeship qualifications if they will be developing significant new skills. This can be identified through their personal development.

  • How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?

    Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised as vacancies. You can find all of the current Apprenticeship vacancies for Lancashire and South Cumbria advertised on our site here

  • Are Apprenticeships only for School leavers?

    Absolutely not!

    Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and young people; there is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education then you are eligible to become an Apprentice.

    The skills you have gained in both your professional and personal life will stand you in good stead for an Apprenticeship.