Newcastle Hospitals is registered as an Employer Provider for apprenticeships.
Our apprentices are recruited to existing vacancies, which means that we can guarantee employment at the end of the apprenticeship – conditional on the apprentice satisfactorily achieving all aspects of the programme and meeting all the Trust’s requirements.
All apprentices must spend at least 20 per cent of their time in ‘off the job’ training, which equates to 1 day per week for a standard 37.5 hour week. We have developed learning programmes which will support departments and managers to facilitate this.
Apprenticeships can be undertaken by individuals who have a higher level qualification or a degree, as long as they can can demonstrate that they are learning ‘significant’ new skills. This is therefore an opportunity for members of staff who also wish to progress.
There are no upper age barriers for apprentices – anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to be considered. However, national, regional and local strategies are focused on attracting young people into the NHS, as outlined in Health Education England’s ‘Talent for Care’ strategy. It is therefore expected that the majority of initial applicants will be in the 16 to 21 age group.