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NCH&C offers apprenticeships in both clinical and non-clinical areas, including: Rehabilitation Units, Child Development, Human Resources, IT, and more.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

We have various clinical apprenticeships available at NCH&C including Trainee Nurse Associates (TNA), Healthcare Assistant Apprentices (HCA) and Nursing Degree Apprentices (NDA).

We run two main clinical apprenticeship cohorts every year, in March and September:

  • Healthcare Assistant Apprenticeships
  • Trainee Nurse Associate Apprenticeships

However, these aren’t the only ones we offer! We run a wide-range of apprenticeships in all areas of the trust, including Allied Health Professions (Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Dietetics, Occupational Health, etc), Human Resources, Admin, IT, Finance, and more.

All our apprenticeships are advertised on NHS Jobs. We also share them on our dedicated recruitment Twitter feed.

If we don’t have the right apprenticeship for you right now, we might in the future. Complete our online form to register your interest in an NCH&C apprenticeship, and we’ll get in touch when something suitable comes up.

Watch this short film about how dedicated NCH&C is to Growing Our Own Workforce via it’s apprenticeship programme:

Apprenticeships are accessible to many different people and there are very few entry requirements. In order to be eligible for an apprenticeship with NCH&C you must:

  • have a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade D or equivalent including English and Maths
  • not hold a Level 4 or equivalent qualification or above in your chosen field (this includes degrees, Higher Professional Diplomas and BTECs)
  • have been an EU resident for three or more years

NHS apprenticeships are for everyone: there are no upper age limits on apprenticeships, and you can complete one if you already have qualifications in a different area. This means they’re a great tool for making a career change, or for finding your way into the NHS workforce.

Why choose an apprenticeship at NCH&C?

NCH&C understands that apprenticeships are a valuable way of developing individuals at the start of their career. We have a dedicated team who provide one-to-one support and advice throughout your apprenticeship, to help ensure you gain a permanent role at the end of it. Click here to find out more about NCH&C’s apprenticeships.

Or you can contact our helpful Talent For Care team:


Call: 01603 272593

We are committed to our apprenticeship programme – it’s a crucial to ensuring we have a workforce of the future. Click here to read more about our Growing our own workforce programme and to hear from some of our apprentices about why they have enjoyed being an apprentice at NHC&C.

What’s it like being an apprentice? Read about some of our apprentices’ journeys here:

Do you have questions about what being an apprentice is like? Oliver, an Assistant Practitioner on our apprenticeship programme, answers your most asked questions here:

Ready to apply? Click here for tips on your NCH&C apprenticeship application.

Silvia Magalhaes

I am looking forward to working with a range of health professionals during my training and being able to exchange knowledge and skills.

Silvia Magalhaes

Nursing Apprentice

I am a nursing apprentice at NCH&C. My career journey started in Portugal with a BSc in Psychology. I moved to England in 2013 and since then I have been working in different areas from industrial production to health services. I joined NCH&C to commence my nursing apprenticeship, as I see it as a wonderful opportunity to progress into a healthcare career. In particular I am looking forward to working with a range of health professionals during my training and being able to exchange knowledge and skills.