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
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:
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