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BCPFT Trust hosts an award winning apprenticeship scheme.

We are committed to developing a talented and skilled workforce. Recruitment of apprenticeships is a priority within our Career Pathways Framework which includes apprenticeships at all levels, leadership development and continuous professional development. Apprenticeships are work based training programmes designed around the needs of employers leading to nationally recognised qualifications. They also offer career progression and further learning opportunities for new and existing staff and are a good way to engage with local communities and boost the local economy.

Apprenticeships bring a number of tangible benefits to NHS organisations. They can create skilled and motivated employees and can help to address skills shortages across the workforce, including a younger, older and more diverse workforce. An apprenticeship is a learning and on the job training. Apprentices learn skills relevant to their role whilst working on the job under the supervision of qualified and experienced staff. This is done by following an apprenticeship standard which includes a structured programme of learning, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT where applicable.

Apprenticeships are open to new and existing staff and offer a variety of apprenticeship roles both in our corporate and clinical areas. Apprenticeships take 1 year or longer to complete depending on their level, and are supported by a Government Recognised Training Provider.


How apprenticeship qualifications work

Apprenticeship qualifications vary in length depending upon their academic level. This means:

  • Training must last a minimum of 12 months, and can be up to 5 years
  • Qualifications can only be delivered by approved training providers
  • At least 20% of learning time must be spent off-the-job. This sometimes means learners attending training days with the provider, or being away from the Trust’s premises for training. This is very much dependent upon the type and level of qualification and can be negotiated with the training provider
  • Sometimes learners need to study Functional Skills English and Maths level 2, dependent upon previous qualification achievements in these subjects

There are different levels of apprenticeships available:



Equivalent educational level






A level 


4, 5 ,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above 


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree 


What makes a successful apprenticeship?

There are three key parts to a successful apprenticeship involving the learner, employer and the provider.

  • The Learner: will work toward an agreed programme with the employer and assessor and develop their skills knowledge and experience.
  • The Employer (The Trust): will help develop the apprentice in meeting the agreed [programme and skills
  • The Training Provider: will support the apprentice and employer to meet the needs agreed programme developing their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of all parties.  


How do I apply?

All our apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on National Apprenticeship Service website and NHS Jobs website


Want to know more?

To enquire about Apprenticeship opportunities within the Trust, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the meantime, why not have a read our previous apprentice's journeys below and learn why you should do an apprenticeship with us!

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Useful links

Skills for Health
Institure for Apprenticeships