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?

We are proud of the variety of apprenticeships available to those wanting to join our workforce! Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’, being able to develop key skills, knowledge and behaviour whilst working as part of a team within our organisation.

Apprenticeships are available across the Trust in both clinical and administrative based roles. Our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website ( on an ‘as and when’ basis throughout the year.  New apprentices to the Trust are employed on a fixed term basis- the length of our apprenticeships will vary depending on the level and subject. Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships are typically employed on a 14 and 20 month contract, whereas apprenticeships in higher levels have durations of at least 18 months.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, and are certainly not just for those in the 16-18 age range! From school leavers to those looking for a career change, apprenticeships can be the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to begin a brand new career. In order to ensure you are eligible to undertake an apprenticeship, you must comply with the Government Funding rules.

All applicants must be:

  • Aged 16+
  • Resident in the UK/EEA for the last three years
  • Must NOT have a qualification at the equivalent  or above level in a similar subject (there needs to be significant new learning)
  • Must NOT be in any form of formal government-funded education

Applicants must also have 4 GCSE’s at Grade D/3 or above (or equivalent.)

Meet the team

Yasmin Willis – Career Development Manager 01603 286217

Sophie Carter – Deputy Career Development Manager 01603 287375

Jamie Allison – Career Development Co-ordinator 01603 286231

Daisy Hanton – Career Development Facilitator 01603 289097

Jason Winser – Career Development Facilitator 01603 289097

For all Apprenticeship enquiries, please email

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Apprenticeship Qualifications

The NNUH currently has over 1,300 employees who have either completed or are studying towards one of the following apprenticeship programmes:

Non-Clinical Qualifications
Business Administration Level 3
Customer Service Practitioner Level 2
Customer Service Specialist Level 3
Leadership & Management Levels 3 & 5
Coaching Professional Level 5
Accountancy Level 3 & 4 – through to Masters
Creative Digital Media Level 3
Digital Marketing Level 3
Data Analyst Level 4
Engineering Level 4
Facilities Management Levels 3 & 4
Procurement Levels 3 & 4
IT Levels 3 & 4
Chartered Management Level 6
Clinical Qualifications
Health        Levels 2 & 3
Healthcare Cleaning Operative         Level 2
Laboratory Technician         Level 3
Science Manufacturing Technician         Level 3
Pharmacy         Level 3
Mammography         Level 4
Healthcare Science         Level 4
Nursing Associate          Level 5
Hearing Aid Dispenser          Level 5
Operating Department Practitioner          Level 6
Occupational Therapy          Level 6
Nursing Degree Level 6
Healthcare Science Practitioner Level 6
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Level 7
Dietetics and Leadership Level 7


Length of qualifications:



Non- Clinical

Equivalent Qualification

Level 2 14 months 14 months 5 GCSEs
Level 3 20 months 20 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 standard. Newly appointed Apprentices are new members of staff recruited by the Trust under a 14 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 £4.81 an hour (£180.38 per week), alongside a travel allowance of £30.00 per month – this is equivalent to a First bus pass. After one year on programme, Apprentices will receive National Minimum Wage for their age.

We have a very high retention rate, with 93% of our apprentices gaining employment within the Trust whilst 99% of our apprentices achieve a positive result following their apprenticeship (e.g. going on to further education, obtaining employment at another organisation.)

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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