The Council of Deans for Health have published a briefing paper looking at degree level apprenticeships for AHPs, nurses and midwives.
“With the introduction of the employers’ apprenticeship levy and the imminent introduction of the nursing associate role, apprenticeships in healthcare subjects have recently become an important topic for the Council to monitor, communicate and influence,” the document says.
“Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. (They) are employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week while studying towards an apprenticeship standard.:
The document goes on to describe the context for the initiative, saying “Those employed in the health and social care sector and potential students may consider pursing longer salaried routes into the professions over shorter self-funded degree courses.”
The briefing notes that “The NHS already has around 19,820 apprenticeships across 60 different routes, mainly at levels 2, 3 and 4. The Government wants an additional 28,000 apprenticeships in the NHS once the levy is in place.”