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Introduction to apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. As an apprentice, you are an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you will have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career along with a nationally recognised qualification.

It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It is funded from contributions made by the Government and your employer. ​​

Apprenticeships Week runs in February 2024 – see all the events co-ordinated by the Careers Team at Joined Up Care Derbyshire:

  • To become an apprentice, you must:

    • Be aged 16 years or over
    • Not already be in full-time education
    • Live in England.

    You can start an apprenticeship whether you are starting your career, want a change or you are upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship.

    If you don’t live in England, check out apprenticeship options in ScotlandWales, or Northern Ireland.

Apprenticeship case study with Derby City Council

Joint health and social care apprenticeship scheme

Joined Up Careers runs an apprenticeship scheme which brings together NHS and social care organisations, giving people an exciting insight into the world of health and social care. The first 15-month apprenticeship scheme was launched in 2018 with apprentices concluding their involvement in early 2020. A second apprenticeship scheme launched in September 2020. Candidates work in a variety of different placements from care homes to community health facilities and hospitals, as well as benefitting from regular support and training. If you would like information on the next joint apprenticeship scheme, please contact us.

Joined Up Careers Derbyshire rotational apprenticeships

Apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeships are a great way for people to learn on the job, both for new starters to the NHS and for existing members of staff, allowing learners the opportunity to gain a qualification and apply their learning while continuing to earn a salary. Large organisations in England pay the Apprenticeship Levy and can then use this to fund training for new and existing staff. There is also provision for them to give other organisations access to their funds, via a transfer. All primary and community care employing organisations can take advantage of this offer, irrespective of their size. 

  • We suggest employing organisations use Healthcare Apprenticeship Standards Online to see what apprenticeship standard training can be paid for by the Apprenticeship Levy transfer fund – it is a quick and simple search.

Provider guide for delivering apprenticeships

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