Contacts, resources and toolsThere is plenty of support for practices that want to take on an apprentice.
The National Skills Academy for Health (part of Skills for Health) works with healthcare employers to improve the skills of support workers, including apprentices. Their local Excellence Coordinators provide free advice and guidance on all aspects of employing apprentices, including training providers, funding and grants. Through their Apprenticeship Training Agency, they can also manage the recruitment, employment and management of apprentices on your behalf.
Health Education England funds and supports the training of a range of multi-professional staff and apprentices. Health Education England – West Midlands is currently offering £500 towards the cost of training each apprentice.
Apprenticeship training providers
Most employers work with a training provider to deliver the apprenticeship programme. You can find more information about providers here
The National Apprenticeship Service (part of the Skills Funding Agency) coordinates apprenticeships in England, including running the official online recruitment system for apprenticeships, as well as offering information, advice and support.
Apprenticeship training agencies
If you are interested in employing an apprentice but are concerned about managing the logistics, apprenticeship training agencies can take on much of the work for you including recruiting, employing and arranging training on your behalf. For a list of approved agencies visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-training-agencies
Kate Young wins Primary Care Apprentice of the Year at the West Midlands NHS Apprenticeship Recognition Awards 2016.