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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is an on-the-job training program that develops an employees’ competence in the key skills they need to perform in their job role. At the same time, apprentices get a paying job with valuable training while they work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification.

What does an Apprenticeship involve?

You will work in a role which will include learning on the job, and study time allocated for you to complete your qualification so you can maintain a good work/life balance. You will be fully supported throughout your Apprenticeship by your tutor and workplace coach, so that you gain skills that benefit you and your employer. Study time might be at a college or university, or online, or tutors might come to the workplace during work-time.

How long do apprenticeships take?

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship, the industry sector and the apprentice’s ability

As a rough guide:

Level 2         15-18 months
Level 3         24 months
Degree         up to 5 years

Become an Apprentice at Wye Valley NHS Trust

Our current Apprenticeship vacancies are listed here: Find an apprenticeship (findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk)

Vacancies that could lead on to an Apprenticeship are also listed here: NHS Jobs - Candidate Homepage

It is always worth asking your interview panel what Apprenticeships might be available to you.

General enquiries can also be emailed to apprenticeships@wvt.nhs.uk

What types of Apprenticeships are there?

This link to the Skills for Life website identifies different types of Apprenticeships, grouped into ‘families’ so you can search for roles by type, for example Admin Support or Allied Health Professionals: Job Families - HASO (skillsforhealth.org.uk)


  • Learn and train for a specific job
  • Get paid and receive holiday leave 
  • Get hands-on experience in a real job, supported by experts
  • Gain industry-recognised qualifications
  • Get an Apprenticeship discount card: NUS Apprentice extra
  • Transferable skills with new career opportunities open up to you once you complete your apprenticeship

Can I develop my career by being an Apprentice?

Yes! Many Apprentices at Wye Valley NHS Trust have gone on to get permanent positions with us, and many have also gone on to an Apprenticeship at a higher level. We are very keen to support you in your career with us.

HCA Career Pathway

Pharmacy Career Pathway 

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