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Apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications that combine practical training in a job with study with a nominated training provider.

An Apprentice will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff.
  • Gain job-specific skills.
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay.
  • Study towards a related qualification (study time varies depending on the training provider).

The Trust launched its Apprenticeship Programme in 2014 with the aim to offer much needed employment and development opportunities to the communities we serve, as well as to our existing staff.

The Trust offers apprenticeships as they enable people of all ages to learn and gain a qualification whilst earning a wage. The main aim of the Apprenticeship Programme is to ensure employability skills and qualifications achieved are transferable. The apprentices, like other Trust staff, will be trained in line with the Trusts visions and values and will be expected to work towards achieving the Trust objectives.

What sort of apprenticeships do we offer?
At present, the Trust offers a wise rage of apprenticeships from a Level 2 Intermediate apprenticeship to Level 5 Advanced apprenticeship. Currently we have apprentices in the following areas:

  • Business Administration;
  • Electronic engineering;
  • Health and Social Care (e.g. Health Care Assistants);
  • Human Resource Management;
  • Laboratory and Science Technicians;
  • Management (general);
  • Mechanical Engineering;
  • Senior Health Care Support Worker;
  • Team Leading and Supervising.

In the future, the Trust will be looking into offering more apprenticeships at a higher-level e.g. Levels 6 degrees and up.

Do I meet the criteria?
Those eligible for an apprenticeship at Homerton must be:

  • 18 years old or over (there is no upper age limit)*;
  • Have evidence of a right to work and live in the UK;
  • Does not have qualification in the same or similar subject that they wish to have an apprenticeship in.

*We would consider 17 year olds who would be turning 18 in the next few months.

How do I apply?
The Trust work with specific training providers for our apprenticeships provision. If you are interested in applying for a role at Homerton, please get in contact with the relevant training provider and get signed up.

For administrative apprenticeships, contact:
Hawk Training | https://info.hawktraining.com/contact-us | 0208 891 0992

For clinical apprenticeships, contact:
Dynamic Training | hello@dynamictraining.org.uk | 0208 607 7850

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What is the criteria for apprenticeship candidates?
A. Please read the “Do I meet the criteria?” section on this page.

Q. What if I am under 18 but want to apply for an apprenticeship?
A. We would consider interviewing 17 year olds who would be turning 18 soon (in the next few months).

If this is not the case for you, then unfortunately you would not qualify for an apprenticeship role at Homerton.

Q. How many apprentices have there been in Homerton?
A. Homerton offers apprenticeships in a range of roles and departments throughout the Trust and in the community. In 2017/18, we offered apprenticeship opportunities to 31 candidates. In 2018/19, we have had over 30 apprentices on programme, and counting!

Q. How are the apprenticeship courses assessed and what work will I have to do to complete my apprenticeship?
A. The apprenticeship qualification is competence based so apprentices are assessed on what they do and what they know. Apprentices will be assessed through assignments, workbooks, tests and through workplace observations. They will also sit an End Point Assessment test at the end of their apprenticeship. The diagram below demonstrates how an apprenticeship is broken down:

Q. How long does an apprenticeship usually take to complete?
A. All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months and a day long. A Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes 1 year and 1 day to complete and the higher the Level of apprenticeship, the longer the course would be.

Q. What do the apprenticeship levels mean?
A. Please see below:

  • Level 2 (Intermediate) – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes;
  • Level 3 (Advanced) – equivalent to 2 A level passes.
  • Level 4 (Advanced) – equivalent to a HNC foundation degree.
  • Level 5 (Advanced) – equivalent to a HND foundation degree.
  • Level 6 (Higher) – equivalent to a full undergraduate degree.
  • Level 7 (Higher) – equivalent to a Masters degree.
  • Level 8 (Higher) – equivalent to a PhD.

Q. I have already completed an apprenticeship, can I apply for another one?
A. Yes you can, as long it is either in a different subject area or the next level up of your previous apprenticeship. Your job’s roles and responsibilities should also reflect the apprenticeship course you are doing as you will need to evidence your learning and knowledge.

Q. I already have a degree, can I still apply for an apprenticeship?
A. Yes, as long as it is not in the same or a similar subject to what you had already completed for your degree.

Q. What are the usual hours of work?
A. Hours vary depending on the job role you’re in. Roles the Trust will be placed on a 37.5 hour per week/150 hours per month work contract. The contract cannot be less than 30 hours per week.

Some roles have 8 hour shifts, e.g. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Other roles (usually clinical roles) might have a 12 hour shift, e.g. 8am-8pm three days a week followed by three days off.

Your required amount of hours/day will include the time the apprentice’s would be taught by the training provider.

Q. Do I have to pay for my apprenticeship training?
A. No. The Trust will pay for all of the apprentices’ formal training and enable them to complete their statutory and mandatory training.

Q. How much will I get paid?
A. This will vary between depending on the Banding of the role. It will be listed on the initial job advert.

Q. Will joining an apprenticeship change or harm my benefits/universal credits?
A. Please ask this question to your contact agent at the Job Centre Plus/department for Working Pensions.

Q. What happens after my apprenticeship is complete?
A. This will depend both on you and the department. Although the Trust would like to offer permanent roles to all of the apprentices who join us, we cannot guarantee this.

If an apprentice is given the opportunity to have their apprentice role turned into a permanent job, they will have to apply and be interviewed for the role. If this is not a possibility, apprentices are encouraged to look for roles within the Trust or they can join our Staff Bank pool.

Q. Are there any contact details?
A. If you have read the page above and still have queries, you can always email us at huh-tr.apprenticeships@nhs.net. Please be aware that due to the volume of emails that are sent to this inbox, there may be a delay in the response to your query.

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