We are proud to be involved with the Government Apprenticeship Campaign ‘Fire It Up’ in 2019.

The campaign features our brilliant former apprentice Sarah Eley, who talks about her apprenticeship, why she decided to start the apprenticeship, and the benefits of it!

Sarah joined the Trust in 2015 as an Apprentice Health Care Assistant at Cromer Hospital after deciding she wanted a career change at the age of 50.

Sarah has gone on to become an integral part of the team in Cromer as an HCA, won Apprentice of the Year in 2016, and has progressed onto the next level of her development by undertaking the Health Level 3 Apprenticeship Framework!

We are very proud of our apprentices and what they go onto achieve. Not only do they improve themselves personally, but they also help to create the future workforce at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and for the NHS as a whole.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job which has a very structured education framework to support the role. It provides on-the-job training so that you gain work experience that will enhance your future employment prospects along with achieving a nationally recognised qualification. You will also earn whilst you learn!

Criteria for existing staff members are as follows; must have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years and if they hold a degree or level 4 or above qualification, it must not be in a similar subject to the apprenticeship they wish to apply for, are eligible for funding to undertake an apprenticeship framework/standard providing the selected programme is achievable within the employee’s job role.

The Apprenticeships are delivered by a College or Training Provider, mainly if not completely within the workplace. Apprenticeship frameworks have replaced NVQ’s as stand alone qualifications and are a combination of qualifications, which include Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Technical Certificates, Personal Development and a NVQ Diploma portfolio, all of which need to be completed and passed to obtain the qualification

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Apprenticeship Qualifications

The NNUH currently has nearly 1,000 employees who have either completed or are studying towards one of the following apprenticeship programmes:

Non-Clinical Qualifications

Business Administration Level 2 & 3 & 4
Customer Service Level 2 & 3
Leadership & Management Level 3, 5 & 6 & 7
Accountancy Level 2 & 3 & 4 – through to Masters
Creative Digital Media Level 3
Digital Marketing Level 3
IT User Level 2 & 3
IT Professional Level 2 & 3
Data Analyst Level 4

Clinical Qualifications

Health Level 2, 3, 4 & 5
Pharmacy Level 2 & 3
Allied Health Professional Level 3
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Level 7
Pathology Support Level 2 & 4
Support Services Level 2
Registered Nursing Level 6 (ongoing development)
Healthcare Science Level 4 & 6

Length of qualifications:



Non- Clinical

Equivalent Qualification

Level 2 14 months 12 months 5 G.C.S.E ‘s
Level 3 20 months 18 months 2 A-levels
Level 4 N/A Approximately 24 months First Year Degree level
Level 5 Approximately 24 months Approximately 24 months Foundation Degree Level
Level 6 Approximately 3/4 years Approximately 3/4 years Degree Level
Level 7 N/A Between 1 & 2 years Masters

Being an NNUH Apprentice

Currently we employ new Apprentices on either a Level 2 or Level 3 Framework / Standard. Newly appointed Apprentices are new members of staff recruited by the Trust under a 12 to 20 month fixed term contract (depending on the level / subject – this will be stated on the job advert).

New Apprentices receive the National Apprenticeship wage of £3.90 an hour (£146.25 per week), alongside a travel allowance of £26.25 per month – this is equivalent to a First Bus bus pass. After one year on programme, Apprentices will receive National Minimum Wage for their age.

Apprentice posts are proving very successful within the NNUH and are also a great platform for a future career within the NHS and Healthcare Sector.

98% of our Apprentices go onto employment, whilst 93% gain employment within the Trust.

View this page for guidance on applying.

Benefits of an NNUH Apprenticeship

Why is being an apprentice at the NNUH such a great idea?

  • Earning and learning at the same time.
  • Gaining nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Getting paid holidays and bank holidays.
  • Receive training and support in post.
  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions.
  • You will be designated a mentor to help guide your apprenticeship.
  • Learn job-specific skills.
  • Gain exposure to the vast array of job and career opportunities within the NNUH and NHS in general.

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