Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to earn, learn and make a difference. For primary and social care employers, it is an effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce for both new and existing employees in both clinical and non-clinical roles, from entry level up to degree level apprenticeships.


What you need to know about Apprenticeships

The Greater Manchester Training Hub provides support to primary and social care in relation to all apprenticeship offers across Greater Manchester offering:

  • guidance to practices to identify the appropriate apprenticeship
  • identify Education Providers
  • aid recruitment
  • highlight apprenticeship funding where available and
  • support practices on how to access levy transfer.

Apprenticeships support the Long Term Plan and the People Plan in relation to reducing workforce pressures, retaining workforce, growing and training the workforce, new ways of working and delivering care, and the overall sustainability of primary care.

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give the current or future employee the chance to learn and work towards a nationally recognised qualification.

When employing an apprentice. They must be:

  • aged 16 years or over
  • not in full time education
  • minimum duration for an apprenticeship is 1 year
  • must spend at least 20% of their time off-job-training
  • must be paid for time spent in training or studying for relevant qualification
  • must pay an apprentice at least the minimum wage
  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific skills
  • have the right to work in England
  • have an eligible residency status

They can start an apprenticeship whether they are starting their career, want a change or looking to upskill in their current job. Apprentices’ can have a previous qualification like a degree and can still complete an apprenticeship at an equivalent or higher level.

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying

Pharmacy Technician Level 3

NHS England Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) directorate are offering funding to support the training of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians (PTPTs) on a multi-sector training programme or in a community pharmacy placement.


£46,099 will be available per PTPT over the 2-year apprenticeship training period. This funding is intended to contribute to the cost of developing and running a two-year programme and may be used to contribute towards the cost of salary, educational supervision, or establishing educational infrastructure.  

Application Process 

The application window for the Northwest region is 7th August 2023 to 17th September 2023.  

Learn more by visiting Pharmacy Technician Level 3


Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Pathway

Tuesday 20 June | 13:00 - 15:00
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There are 4 levels of apprenticeships

There are 4 levels of apprenticeship standards. Apprenticeship standards outline the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) required to carry out a certain job role.
Below are apprenticeship standards relevant to primary care with a link to offer detail of each standard

Intermediate level apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 2 – equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C). These apprenticeships provide the skills needed for the chosen career and allow entry to an advanced level apprenticeship. Apprenticeships at level 2 include:

Advanced level apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 3 – equivalent to 2 A-levels. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have 5 GCSEs (grade 4/C or above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship. Apprenticeships at level 3 include:

Higher level apprentices follow work-based learning towards levels 4,5,6 and 7 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have 2 A-levels (or equivalent) or have completed an advanced level apprenticeship. Apprenticeships at level 4,5,6 and 7 include:

Degree level apprenticeships follow work-based learning towards levels 6 and 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree. Apprenticeships at level 6 and 7 include:

  • Chartered Manager – Level 6
  • Registered nurse degree apprenticeship – Level 6
  • Project Manager – Level 6
  • Advanced clinical practitioner – Level 7
  • Senior Leader – Level 7
  • Specialist Community and Public Health Nurse – Level 7
  • Physician Associate Degree Apprenticeship – Level 7
  • Greater Manchester Levy

    Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service will facilitate funding transfers to create more apprenticeship opportunities. Click HERE

    Employing an Apprentice

    Offers detailed information and guidance on hiring an apprentice. Click HERE

    Apprenticeship Implementation Toolkit

    Offers an Apprenticeship implementation toolkit, which is designed to support you through the whole process from setting your organisational strategy through to when your apprentices are with you in the workplace. Click HERE

    BKSB Functional Skills
    Access for the BKSB Functional Skills learning, for 1 year. This does not include the examination. Click HERE

    Apprenticeships off the job learning guide

    Please see the following link to view a useful off the job learning employer guide. Click HERE

    Public health apprenticeship resources

    Please see the below link to the HASO webpage which has lots of resources to support employers to implement public health apprenticeships. Click HERE