Join our Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

On this page you will find more information about the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship, what it is, what you need to do to apply and links to useful information which can help you decide whether the programme is right for you.

What is a Nursing Associate?

The role of Nursing Associate bridges the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team. Nursing associates work with people of all ages in a variety of settings in health and social care.

What does the training involve?

You will undertake academic learning one day a week and work-based learning the rest of the week. You’ll be employed in a specific healthcare setting such as an acute, community or mental health hospital, care home or hospice but also gain experience other health and care settings and situations. This will mean travelling to placements and working a mix of shifts.

The course will take 2 years to complete and is delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England.


More about the UWE Nursing Associate Apprenticeship Course


What you will need before applying

To begin your training as a nursing associate, you’ll need:

  • GCSEs grade 9 to 4 (A to C) in maths and English, or Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English as a minimum.
  • Must be employed in a health care role.

You will also need to demonstrate your ability to study to level 5 foundation degree level and commit to completing the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme.

If you do not have the qualifications required, you will not be able to apply today, however if you work for the Trust then contact our Education team by emailing xxxxxxxx – the team will provide you with support and advice on how to gain the qualifications required to apply.

What do trainees and qualified TNA’s get paid?

  • As a Trainee Nursing Associate you will be paid a Band 3 salary whilst training
  • Once qualified, a Nursing Associate can expect to be paid a Band 4 salary

For details of pay scales and how much each NHS band pays visit the NHS Employers website.

Career Development Opportunities

The Nursing Associate role is employed across the NHS.

Qualified Nursing Associates can go on to train as a registered nurse by putting their training towards a shortened nursing degree or completing a degree-level nursing apprenticeship.

Application Process

Online Application

You will need to complete an online application before the closing date.

We plan to advertise for our next cohort of TNAs in August 2020.

Assessment Centre

Similar to an interview, you will join a group of other applicants, to perform tasks and activities that test your suitability for the job. You will also be tested on your understanding of the role, our values and behaviours.

Final interview

A small number of candidates who are successful in assessment centre testing, will be invited for a final interview.

Starting date

The start date for the programme aligns with UWE course start dates. TBC.