Apprenticeships, traineeships and cadet schemes

Earn, learn and make a difference with an NHS apprenticeship. Our apprenticeships offer routes into many of the more than 350 NHS careers through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning. 

What you need to know about NHS apprenticeships

  • if you are aged 16 to 18 or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, the minimum you should receive is £4.30 an hour (the National Minimum Wage for apprentices)
  • many NHS employers will pay you more than the minimum wage
  • they take between one and five years to complete 
  • anyone over the age of 16 can do one
  • you're likely to spend four days on work placement and one day or at a training centre or college
  • you'll develop your skills, including English and maths
  • you'll gain a competence qualification (based on what you can do in the workplace) and a knowledge qualification, or a qualification combining both