Flexible apprenticeships in health and social care

26 / 05 / 2021

Read and download this new manual, co-authored by employers and providers within the health and social care sector and government, which sets out how flexibilities in apprenticeships can be used and delivered to meet the needs of employers and apprentices.

Apprenticeships have been on a transformational journey since 2012, with reforms such as the introduction of employer-led standards to ensure apprenticeships are relevant, high quality, and meet the skills needs of employers.

In 2020, the Prime Minister committed to building on this success, and making apprenticeships more flexible, to better meet the needs of employers and apprentices. The Flexible Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care manual sets out:

  • how the delivery of apprenticeship training can be flexed to meet employer needs
  • how the length of an apprenticeship can be reduced where an individual has existing relevant knowledge or skills.

Some employers are already making use of apprenticeship flexibilities and are seeing the benefits of this, in workforce satisfaction, productivity, and improved value for money. This includes employers who have contributed good practice case studies to this guide.

NHS Employers wants all employers to think creatively about how they can tailor apprenticeship training to meet their needs. Be it through a flexible delivery model, such as front loading which can support apprentices new to the sector to hit the ground running, to delivering accelerated apprenticeships for more experienced individuals who are able to build on their existing skills and complete more quickly.

If you are interested in finding out more about front loading, accelerated apprenticeships or the wider range of delivery models, read and download the guide here or you can find out more about NHS apprenticeships in our dedicated web section.

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