What is the apprenticeship framework?

There are three levels of apprenticeship available, what level you start at would depend on your current qualifications and the opportunities available in the sector you are interested in.

Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2; equivalent to five good GCSE passes): this provides you with the skills and qualifications for your chosen career and allow entry (if desired) to an advanced apprenticeship. To be accepted, you need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn and have a reasonable standard of education.

Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3; equivalent to two A level passes):
to start this programme, you should have five GCSEs (grade A*-C) or have completed an intermediate apprenticeship. This will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need for your career and allow entry (if desired) to a higher apprenticeship or degree-level qualification;

Higher apprenticeship (Level 4/5; equivalent to a foundation degree):
to start this programme, you should have a Level 3 qualification (A Levels, advanced diploma or International Baccalaureate) or have completed an advanced apprenticeship.

What could an apprenticeship lead to?

At the end of an apprenticeship, most apprentices are kept on by their employer as they have invested a great deal in their training. It is only fair to note, however, that this is not guaranteed. Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are also very rewarding. They train you in the skills employers want so they give you choices in your career. It is possible to move on to the next level of apprenticeship and those who have completed an advanced or higher level apprenticeship could move on to higher education and study for a foundation degree, an HND or other higher-level qualification, including a normal degree.

Pay rates

As of April 2017, all apprentices aged under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship will be paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour.

The environment

You’ll work in acute hospital settings, specialised areas and community facilities based around the Black Country.

What will be expected of me?

We’re looking for a passion for your chosen industry and for the organisation. After all, we can train you in our systems, processes and knowledge that is specific to a role, but we can’t give you genuine interest and enthusiasm or a willingness to work hard for them. These need to come from you.

What qualifications will you gain?

An apprenticeship is a set of separate qualifications called a ‘framework soon to be standard’ and you will need to complete all parts to achieve your apprenticeship.

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