Apprenticeships in the NHS have been a hugely popular route into the health service, with more than 22,000 new apprentices starting their training programmes so far in this academic year.
To support these apprenticeships, which cover both frontline, clinical and non-clinical roles across the NHS, Health Education England (HEE) has been working with providers to ensure both employers and apprentices have everything they need to continue their professional development and valuable contributions to essential NHS services.
These efforts have included supporting employees in developing their Skills for Life (numeracy, literacy, digital skills) offering.
Over 7,000 learners nationally have accessed HEE Talent for Care-funded functional skills software.
Laura Roberts, Director of Skills Development and Participation, said: “As we celebrate National Apprentice Week this week, I am proud to say that HEE has continued to work with employers, training providers and other stakeholders and supporters to ensure our apprentices have the best possible support to continue their learning, and as far as possible stay on programme during this pandemic.”
Despite the pandemic causing disruptions to many functions across society, HEE worked closely alongside the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to ensure apprentices, including those in nursing roles, could still qualify in a timely way and be able to take up their new role in delivering service, at a time of great need.