What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a vocational training programme which allows the apprentice to:
- learn and train in a real work environment
- gain valuable work experience
- develop job specific skills
- earn whilst they learn
- achieve nationally recognised qualifications
On completion of the apprenticeship programme, the apprentice will be able to carry out the full range of tasks in a range of circumstances appropriate to that job, confidently and competently to the national standard as determined by the applicable sector.
What does an apprenticeship consist of?
An apprenticeship framework typically contains the following components:
- Functional skills qualifications ( English, Maths & ICT)
- Technical Certificate covering knowledge and understanding (What I must KNOW)
- National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) covering Skills and Competence (What I must be able to DO)
- Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
Apprenticeships are available at these levels:
- Intermediate – Equivalent to 5 A-C GCSE passes
- Advanced – Equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher – Equivalent to degree level
How are apprenticeships delivered?
Learning takes place on the job with some apprenticeships additionally requiring day release to attend a course of study at a local training provider.
Additional support is provided by an assessor appointed by the training provider. The assessor will visit the workplace regularly to work with the apprentice and assess their competence against stated performance & knowledge criteria. The assessor will set tasks for the apprentice to learn, complete and gather evidence of between visits.
Apprentices will be allocated time away from the workplace each week to undertake study and compile evidence for their qualification.
Apprenticeships at SASH
The Trust is committed to offering Apprenticeships wherever we can in our band 1-4 posts. This is in line with the Government pledge to create 3 million Apprenticeships by 2020.
Apprenticeships also fit within the widening access agenda to help with the recruitment of staff from our local community.
The Trust benefits from the ability to ‘grow our own’ future employees who will then go on to apply for permanent employment with the Trust, having benefited from the solid foundations gained during their apprenticeship.
Our apprentices benefit:
- from the work experience gained in a live work environment
- by putting into practice & enhancing the knowledge & skills acquired
- from working with colleagues & assessors dedicated to assisting their development
- by not having to fund their own qualifications
- from the ability to earn whilst they learn
- by achieving nationally recognised qualifications
- by being ideally placed to secure permanent employment with the Trust upon completion of their Apprenticeship
Applying for an Apprenticeship with SASH / Useful resources
If you are interested in completing an apprenticeship with the Trust we advertise new apprenticeship vacancies on the following websites:
We recommend you create an account and set up an email alert, which will notify you once a suitable apprenticeship vacancy has been advertised.
You may also wish to take a look at the following websites which offer careers guidance and information on working for the health service:
My experience as a SASH apprentice
Lauren is an apprentice in the workforce development team and tells us about her apprenticeship experience.
I have enjoyed every minute of my apprenticeship at SASH and the experience has boosted my confidence. I’ve been supporting the workforce development team, making sure staff training sessions have been running smoothly and that all the instructors have been arriving on time. I have been learning a lot of new skills and helpful tips about computers as well.
I also had the chance to attend my first careers event with the workforce and practice development teams. There were students from four secondary schools and a college that came to this event, so I was a little nervous seeing so many students at once but I answered their questions. I believe it went very well and all the students seemed very interested; they liked the idea of an apprentice promoting work experience and apprenticeship programmes.
After only a few months at SASH I have become more confident in my skills and I am thinking about other areas I want to learn about as well.