Apprenticeships are a great way to learn and earn while you are working. UHBW are committed to apprenticeships as a means of attracting new talent to join our workforce, as well as developing the careers of our existing colleagues.
We offer a variety of apprenticeships at the Trust, across clinical and non-clinical occupations, starting at level 2 (Intermediate apprenticeship) and progressing through to level 7 (Master’s degree) in some subjects.
Why join us
We partner with colleges, universities and training providers who are the best in their field. We are an apprenticeship levy payer and are committed to utilising this to embed high quality apprenticeships into our workforce.
Apprenticeships are available to people aged 16 and over who are looking for an exciting opportunity to train, and further develop in their career. Upon successful completion of an apprenticeship, many of our apprentices are offered a permanent role here at the Trust.
Contact our Apprenticeship and Widening Participation Team
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Is there an age limit on apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship is a great way to start your career in a new subject area, whether you are just leaving education, or an adult looking for a career change. Apprenticeships are available to people over the age of 16 – there is no upper age limit and it’s never too late to change career or learn new skills.
What time of year do UHBW apprenticeships get advertised?
There is no particular time of year that we advertise apprenticeship jobs, so it’s important to keep a regular check on our careers pages so you don’t miss out.
What grades do I need to have to secure an apprenticeship?
The grades needed will depend on the apprenticeship you are applying for and will be stated clearly on the vacancy description. As a general rule, maths and English at a Grade C/ 4 or higher is required for most roles as a minimum, but in some level 2 apprenticeships, providing you can demonstrate an ability to work at a certain level through a maths and English assessment, you may have an opportunity to study a maths and/ or English functional skills course alongside the apprenticeship to get to the required level.
Higher level and degree apprenticeships will require higher level qualifications, for example, A-levels, another relevant level 3 qualification or a certain number of UCAS points.
What kind of jobs are available for apprentices?
We offer a variety of job roles for apprentices, including clinical and non- clinical jobs, from Healthcare Support Workers to Accounts Assistants!
There are over 300 job different job roles in the NHS and we currently have colleagues studying across 45 subject areas.
I want to get into Nursing, can I do this as an apprentice?
Yes! The apprenticeship entry point into Nursing for Apprentices is a level 2 or 3 Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship. We also offer an exciting career progression route for staff into the Trainee Nurse Associate Apprenticeship (level 5 foundation degree).
The level you are offered will depend on factors including your prior qualifications in any relevant healthcare subjects, your maths and English GCSE attainment (or equivalents) and any relevant work experience you may have. It will be discussed with you on an individual basis at your interview or an assessment day.
What is the pay rate for apprentices?
As a Trust, we are committed to paying more than the national minimum apprenticeship wage, and each apprenticeship vacancy will clearly state the apprenticeship salary that you would receive for that role. At the end of your apprenticeship, if you are then successfully offered a permanent role with us, your salary will increase to the bottom point of the salary scale for the role you are employed in.
I have a degree - can I do an apprenticeship?
Yes- having a degree does not preclude you from doing an apprenticeship, providing it is in a significantly different subject area in order for you to be able to gain brand new knowledge, skills and experience.
Am I guaranteed a job at the end of the apprenticeship?
We recruit new apprentices on a fixed term contract which is for the duration of the apprenticeship programme. At the end of your apprenticeship, assuming you have completed successfully and applied yourself to your learning, we will discuss other opportunities which are available in the Trust. Most of our apprentices are subsequently offered a permanent post.
I am not quite ready for an apprenticeship - are there any other options?
Yes- in addition to apprenticeships, we support traineeships as a means of providing a more supported route into our Trust for young people aged 16-24. A traineeship is an education and training programme which in addition to classroom based employability learning, incorporates a meaningful work experience placement preparing young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.
Many traineeship students successfully move onto an apprenticeship with UHBW at the end of their programme.
Contact us for details of when our next traineeship cohort is due to start.
Where can I apply for an apprenticeship at UHBW?
Apprenticeship roles will be advertised on our current vacancies page.