Apprenticeship FAQs

Find out the answers to our frequently asked questions.

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​Frequently asked questions
 
What are apprenticeships?
Open to anyone from the age of 16, apprenticeships offer you a route into a variety of careers in the NHS and are an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.
 
There are different types of apprenticeships you can undertake dependent on the experience and qualification you are looking to gain.
 
What are the benefits of becoming an apprentice?
There are many benefits to becoming an apprentice. As well as gaining valuable workplace skills and experience where you are paid a salary, you will also gain a qualification. Many people find apprenticeships also give them a valuable way of 'getting their foot in the door' to pursue a long career in the NHS.
 
There are other benefits too: 
  • NHS staff discounts – as an NHS employee you are entitled to some fantastic savings through NHS discounts.
  • Apprentice discounts – as an apprentice student you will have access to discounts at more than 120 high street and online retailers through the NUS Apprentice Extra.
  • Annual leave – full time members of staff joining the NHS are entitled to 27 days' annual leave every year plus bank holidays.
  • NHS pension scheme – access to one of the most comprehensive pension schemes. It might seem like a long way off, but it's good to start saving for the future.
  • FREE gym access – as a North West Boroughs Healthcare employee, you'll have access to a free 24-hour onsite gym at our Trust headquarters in Warrington.
  • Trust Knowledge and Library Services – provides access to up-to-date evidence and resources, including online access to national NHS resources and other relevant information sources. Also provides training to carry out literature searches and support to track down the information you need, as well as quiet space for study, work or reflection.
  • Regular supervision and access to a range of training courses at our Education Centre.
How much does it pay?
In your first year of an apprenticeship, you will receive at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices (£3.50 an hour as at April 2017). After the first year, you will receive the national minimum wage for your age.
 
What types of apprenticeships do we offer?
We offer apprenticeship opportunities to external and internal candidates. The table below outlines the apprenticeships we offer:
Level
Equivalent educational level 
Intermediate (level 2)
Five GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced (level 3)
Two A-Level passes
Higher (level 4 and above)
Foundation degree and above
6 and 7
Bachelor's or Master's degree
 
What does the qualification involve?
An apprenticeship is a set of qualifications specific to a skill area called a 'framework'. Most apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format which includes all or some of:
  • competence based qualification (assessed on the job)
  • knowledge based qualification (technical certificate or elements within the NVQ)
  • functional/key skills (literacy/numeracy/IT)
  • employee rights and responsibilities
  • personal, learning and thinking skills 
How will I complete my qualification?  
We work closely with local colleges and training providers who have reputations for delivering high quality training programmes. Through the college, you will be allocated an assessor who will visit you regularly.
You will receive support in the workplace from your supervisor, a mentor and your college assessor will visit your regularly.  
 
You will be given sufficient time at work to complete any training and the knowledge based elements of your apprenticeship programme
 
What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?
At the end of your apprenticeship, there may be opportunities for progression onto further apprenticeship qualifications and you will have access to apply for any available recruitment opportunities in the Trust.