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Kick-start your careers with an NHS apprenticeship

A campaign to promote the wide range of apprenticeships available across the NHS in England has been launched with the release of video case studies, job news and advice on the careers available.

Led by Health Education England (HEE), through its Health Careers service, the campaign aims to encourage people of all ages to find out more about current jobs and careers opportunities on offer from NHS trusts, GP practices and commissioning and arm's length organisations.

Paid apprenticeships are available to apply for in such diverse areas as pharmacy and construction, as well as patient-facing roles in GP practices, ambulance trusts and busy acute hospitals.

Social media and other communications will direct people to the website and highlight current apprenticeship opportunities. People currently in apprenticeships will tell their story through case studies and online discussion. A Facebook page has been set up to share news and job opportunities.

Laura Roberts, Director for the North, who leads HEE's national Talent for Care programme, said: "Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers in the NHS and are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

Robert Bury, Practice Manager at a GP practice in Blackburn, who came through the apprenticeship route, commented: "I would highly recommend to anyone thinking about it to go for it. It is a great way to enhance your experience in working environments and to learn from the bottom up. If you show potential and are hard-working you will be rewarded. Also, any organisation willing to take extra time out to take on an apprentice must be a better more positive place to work."

Sophie Bland, Senior Trust Medical Secretary at Norfolk and Norwich Universities Hospitals, added: "My apprenticeship reminded me how much I loved learning. I never thought I would get into the NHS without the right skills, but with training and mentoring I found out I did have the knowledge and the confidence to take my career to the next level."

The NHS offers NHS offers apprenticeships at all levels, from entry level 2 through to degree level 6, details of which are provided on the Step into the NHS website. Successful apprentices may be offered permanent employment at the end of the apprenticeship period and can search for job vacancies on the NHS Jobs website. Some apprenticeships also allow people to gain UCAS points and can lead onto a university degree course.

For more information about apprenticeships in England and on vacancies, job seekers should visit both the website and the NHS Jobs website. Trained careers advisers should also be able to provide advice or people can contact the recruitment team at their nearest NHS trust.

The Government's Find an Apprenticeship service is also a useful source for job seekers.

Posted on 16-Sep-2016 Updated on 06-Oct-2016