Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers, including many in the NHS, and offer the opportunity to earn, learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

Apprenticeships are suitable for people looking for a job that enables them to carry on learning, and for those already in employment who want to gain further qualifications.

Example of setting up an NHS ICT apprenticeship scheme.

In 2009 NHS East of England ran an IT apprenticeship project – their report on how best to do this can be dowloaded below. It contains useful tips on where to start, how much it costs, and also includes a sample business plan and person specification for an apprentice. Developing and setting up an ICT apprenticeship scheme (307KB, pdf) – outlines the findings of the NHS East of England Apprenticeship programme for ICT skills.



In 2012, the Department of Health announced the launch of the Health Informatics Apprenticeship Framework, which was developed in partnership with NHS Wales Informatics Service, Skills for Health and the City & Guilds awarding body.  Visit Apprenticeship Frameworks Online for further details.

Click on following links to download a copy of the NHS Health Informatics Apprenticeship Frameworks for England and Wales:

Health (Informatics) (England)

Health (Informatics) (non statutory) (Wales)

Contact City & Guilds for information about the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health Informatics.

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e-Skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and Telecoms, provides advice on apprenticeships for individuals, parents, employers and training providers.


Skills For Health offers advice to employers about how apprenticeships can support the health sector and a route  to develop new talent, ensuring that their workforce has the practical skills and qualifications organisations need now and in the future.


Apprenticeships may be offered by individual NHS employers (such as trusts and health authorities), and by other non-NHS employers and organisations.  NHS Careers lists some of the apprenticeships that could be relevant to the NHS.