Appenticeships Q & A

Q.         I have heard of apprenticeships – what are they?

A.         An Apprenticeship within the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH)is a job which will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience and knowledge, working alongside our staff and supported by a mentor within the area you work.

An apprenticeship is a set of qualifications referred to as a ‘framework’ including:

  • A Nationally Vocational Qualification (NVQ Diploma)
  • Functional Skills (Literacy, Numeracy, ICT)
  • A Technical Certificate (This is the theory behind the role and supports the NVQ Diploma which is the practical element of the qualification

Our learning providers (City College Norwich, Broadland Council Training Services, West Suffolk College, AAT and  Norfolk County Council Adult Education Services) deliver the knowledge and help develops the skills whilst NNUH (the employer) provides the practical experience to put those skills into practice. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in the workplace, depending on the subject.

Q.         Am I eligible?

A.         Important criteria for apprenticeship candidates at NNUH is:-

  • must live in the UK/EU for the past 3 years
  • must have proof of right to work in the UK
  • must have 4 GCSE’s at Grade D or above (or equivalent)
  • must not be taking part in full time education during the time of the contract
  • must not have a degree or other level 4 qualification

Q.        What will my hours be?

A.         Your hours of work will be 37.5 per week (this includes any time you may need to spend in a classroom).  If you need to work part time for any reason we will consider this depending upon your circumstances and the role you apply for.

Q.         How long will my apprenticeship last?

 A.         Depending on the level of apprenticeship you undertake it will last for either 12 or 18 months.

Q.         How much will I get paid?

A.         Rates from 1st October 2015:

National minimum wage rates

The National Minimum Wage rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice – you must be at least school leaving age to get it.

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*

2015 (current rate)














2013 £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2012 £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50

*This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

The rates are usually updated every October, so the current rates apply from October 2014.

Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed one year of their apprenticeship are entitled to receive the national minimum wage rate applicable to their age.

As a NNUH Apprentice you will also be given an additional £280.08 for the first 12 months to contribute towards travel costs.

 Q.         What other benefits/support will I receive?

 A.         Opportunity to undertake general in-house training along with specific skills such as interview techniques, Communication Skills courses. Our Apprenticeship Team will be your support network and will help you at any stage of your apprenticeship, from settling in on your first day to any concerns you may have throughout your apprenticeship.


 Q.         Will I get a job after my apprenticeship?

 A.         A job is not guaranteed after the completion of your apprenticeship – although a survey by the National Apprenticeship Service in 2012 found that 89% of apprentices secured a job immediately after their apprenticeship ended – very often with the employer they trained with.

As a Trust we will facilitate a guaranteed interview with either the Admin & Clerical Bank or Nurse Bank and will also offer support and guidance on roles to apply for.

Our data for the financial year 2013/14 shows that 97% of apprentices went on to secure substantive employment.

Q.         Is an apprenticeship at NNUH right for me?

 A.         The Trust and our training providers will fully support you in your apprenticeship but it is important to know that this is an exciting opportunity that you must take full ownership of.  We expect our apprentices to meet the following behaviours:

  • Express a real enthusiasm in wishing to learn about the Trust and the careers available here.
  • Show ability in taking pride in your work and developing your aspirations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to your Apprenticeship and the Trust’s core values and behaviours. This is explained in more detail below.

Q.         I have a degree, can I undertake an Apprenticeship?

A.         No.  This is due to funding stipulations.