Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships can be a great way of expanding practice teams, while helping young people develop the passion and skills required for working in general practice.

Apprenticeships can be a great way of expanding practice teams, while helping young people develop the passion and skills required for working in general practice.

The NHS aims to create 100,000 apprenticeships by 2020. There are a number of schemes available within primary care, both in clinical and business support roles, and we are keen to increase apprenticeship opportunities across the SWGP federation.

Apprenticeships offer people over the age of 16 the chance to gain a qualification and develop skills while earning a salary. For healthcare employers, apprenticeships can have all sorts of benefits, including helping to attract new talent, filling a skills gap, training existing employees, reducing staff costs and improving productivity.

Some SWGP member practices already employ apprentices with very positive results. For example, Kate Young, an apprentice at the Waterside Medical Centre, has helped deliver real improvements in the take-up of health checks at the practice. Now permanently employed at Waterside, Kate recently won Primary Care Apprentice of the Year at the West Midlands 2016 NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards.

Despite the many benefits of employing an apprentice, common misconceptions about what is involved can put employers off this route. We’re working with our members to tackle those myths and provide support with taking on an apprentice.

If you are an SWGP member practice and would like to find out more, please email: admin@southwarwickshiregps.nhs.uk or call: 01926 458368 or click on the information below.

Guide to taking on an apprentice

  • What’s involved?
  • What are the benefits?
  • Case Studies
  • How do you go about taking on an apprentice?

Common misconceptions

Reasons for not taking on an apprentice – and why you should ignore them!

Contacts, resources and tools

There is a wealth of information and support available to help with taking on an apprentice. Find out more here…


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