We offer a number of apprenticeships which offer great ‘earn while you learn’ opportunities across the Trust.

Our apprentices work in a range of settings, learning on the job whilst also having a well structured programme of training, development, support and mentoring. For some healthcare apprenticeships, there’s also the chance to become a qualified professional.


Nursing apprenticeships

This is a great way to develop professionally whilst your work. They begin at entry level, for staff who have no experience in nursing and go all the way up to becoming a registered nurse. They combine employment, work-based learning and academic learning:


Adult Care Level 2 and Lead Adult Care Level 3 Apprenticeships: This is a one year course and is for new starters with little or no experience in care. The apprenticeship covers the Care Certificate (a government initiative) and an agreed set of standards outlining knowledge, skills and behaviour for specific job roles in health and functional skills training (English and maths).

You will continue working throughout your training and attend workshops on a monthly basis.

Course length: 12–18 months.


Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) apprenticeship: This is the next step on the career ladder where you continue working whilst going to university (University of Hertfordshire) for one day a week.

During the apprenticeship you will go on six placements, each lasting four weeks. Two of these will be at HPFT and four will be external.

At the end of the course you will become a Band 4 and will be placed on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) register. You can then go on and complete your nursing preceptorship whilst you continue to work.

Course length: Two years.


Nursing Degree apprenticeship: Most nursing degree apprenticeships will take four years, but if you already have prior learning and experience (which is accepted by the ‘approved education institution’) it could only take two years.

It may also be possible to count the learning and experience gained as a nursing associate towards this degree-level apprenticeship.

The Nursing Degree apprenticeship is the last step to becoming a registered nurse.

Want to find out more? Contact Barbara Del Gaudio at: barbara.delgaudio@nhs.net



Non-clinical apprenticeships

These are a great way to learn a range of valuable and transferable skills which will enhance your career opportunities. They all offer a mix of on-the-job training and regular assignments and assessments.


Business Administration apprenticeship: This will help you learn the essential skills that you will need to succeed as an administrator. Your exact duties will depend on where you are based, but you will be involved in maintaining and improving our admin systems and services; handling the day-to-day tasks that make sure things run smoothly at the Trust.

Length: 12–18 months.


Customer Service apprenticeship: You’ll learn the skills you need to provide excellent customer service to our service users, their families and carers, and to anyone who needs our help and advice. Great customer care means helping our customers efficiently, positively and in a friendly manner. You may be in a front-of-house role, or managing our customer relations via telephone, post, email, text etc. You will learn all about the Trust, how to communicate effectively and how to manage people’s expectations. You will often be the first point of contact for a service user or a family member/carer, so managing that relationship well is key.

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you will be able to join the Institute of Customer Service.

Length: Minimum of 12 months.


Medical Administration apprenticeship: This programme gives you the specialist knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an administrator in healthcare. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively with a range of people, manage staff, processes and resources. Working with service users and their families and carers you’ll also learn about medical terminology and data protection.

Intermediate apprentices can progress onto a range of business and other medical-related further education programmes.

Length: 12–18 months.


Project Management apprenticeship: An associate project manager knows what needs to be achieved, how it will be done, who will do it, how long it will take and how much it will cost. You will need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. You will work as part of a team to make sure the project is delivered on time and on budget and you may be involved in problem-solving, budget management, resource allocation, task assignment, and analysing data.

You will be eligible to become a student member of the Association of Project Management (APM) as the first step towards professional membership.

Length: Approximately 24 months.


Team Leader apprenticeship: A team leader is a first tier management role, with responsibility for managing a team and/or a particular project or function. Your key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing your team, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, problem solving, and delivering operational plans.

On completion, apprentices can register as associate members of the Chartered Management Institute and/or the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Length: Typically 12–18 months.


More information

If you’d like to find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities, please email Barbara Del Gaudio at: barbara.delgaudio@nhs.net