What do healthcare apprenticeships have to offer?
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 11:32
Apprenticeships can provide great alternative routes into a variety of careers across all sectors and none more so than in the healthcare sector. There are a whole host of fantastic opportunities out there where apprentices can earn, learn and achieve a nationally recognised qualification at the same time.
Apprenticeships in healthcare benefit everyone from, learner, employer to patient, often providing opportunities and recognition for all support staff (clinical and non-clinical) including the development of transferable skills, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce.
The apprentice: For the apprentice, there is nothing quite like getting firsthand experience (after all, isn’t that what most employers are looking for?).
The employers: Apprenticeships increase loyalty to the organisation and most apprentices stay with their recruiting employer resulting in a consistent and cohesive approach to patient care.
The patient: Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated and flexible – they are likely to be with patients because they want to be, having made an active choice to learn on the job and committed to a specific career.
Apprenticeships can be offered by individual NHS employers (such as trusts and health authorities), and by other non-NHS employers and organisations such as the National Skills Academy for Health Apprenticeship Training Agency. You may be surprised to know that apprenticeships are offered in a variety of roles throughout the UK health sector.
Below you will find some of the apprenticeships on offer:
- Health, public services and care (including dental nursing, clinical support workers, healthcare assistants, occupational therapy assistants, dietetic assistants, physiotherapy assistants, radiotherapy assistants, pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians).
- Administration and human resources (including business administration)
- Financial services (including accounting and payroll)
- Health informatics
- Hospitality and travel (including hospitality and catering)
- Information technology and communications (including IT user, marketing and communications)
- Logistics (including purchasing and supply management, warehousing and storage)
- Electrical and engineering (including building services, heating and ventilating, mechanical engineering)
- Property (including cleaning and support service industry)