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 Why be an apprentice?

Get on-the-job training and experience

An apprenticeship gives you on-the-job training and experience to help enhance your future employment prospects while achieving a nationally recognised qualification. You also earn while you learn!

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Why is being an apprentice with us such a good idea?

  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions 

  • Have a designated mentor to help guide your apprenticeship 

  • Receive training and support on the job 

  • Learn job-specific skills 

  • Gain qualifications 

  • Gain exposure to the vast array of job and career opportunities at the Trust and in the NHS 

  • Earn a wage while you learn 

  • Get paid holidays and bank holidays

What types of roles do we offer?

Typical apprentice roles include:

  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Administration Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Finance Assistant
  • Receptionist
  • IT Service Desk Analyst
  • Ward Clerk

Are you eligible?

We welcome your application if you are over 16 with a good general education. You need at least four GCSEs at D or above (or equivalent) with an excellent attendance record. You need to be motivated and committed to completing the apprenticeship programme.

As this is a Government-funded apprenticeship scheme, you must also have been resident in the UK or EU for the last three years; you must not have a degree or a Level 4 qualification or above, and must not already be in any formal Government-funded education.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to become an apprentice and gain experience in the NHS. You'll develop new skills and knowledge working with an established team to gain valuable work experience and a recognised apprenticeship qualification.

Skills you'll need:
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good organisation and time management skills
  • Computers skills including use of spreadsheets (preferably Microsoft Excel) and databases

 How to apply

Please apply online. 
All our current apprenticeship vacancies are posted here on NHS Jobs.  
Our apprenticeship vacancies are also posted on


Meet the apprentice - Bahrum's story

“I am forever thankful to be given the opportunity”

A newly-qualified nurse who began his NHS career as a Support Worker before working his way up through an apprenticeship scheme has spoken of the enjoyment he gets from his job and his gratitude at the opportunities he has been given.

Bahrum Karimi joined Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in 2009 after losing his job as a carpenter during the recession. Following a recommendation from a family friend, he began working on Rollesby Ward, the Trust’s psychiatric intensive care unit, as a Support Worker before becoming a Prevention and Management of Aggression (PMA) Instructor.

And it was only after fulfilling that role and seeing first-hand the inspirational work taking place across the Trust to care for service users that Bahrum realised a career in nursing was what he had always wanted.

“Working as a PMA really opened my eyes to the huge possibilities of nursing, but at that time the only way I could get the relevant qualifications was to go on an Assistant Practitioner (AP) course and complete a foundation degree,” said Bahrum. “I then moved to the Crisis Team specially so that I could follow the apprenticeship pathway and eventually become a nurse.

“I had my own vision about where I wanted to be and knew I could achieve it if I was given the opportunity. I am very grateful for the journey that I’ve taken and the support I’ve been given throughout – it was not easy and I faced challenges along the way, but it has been well worthwhile. I’m extremely proud and have a real sense of achievement.”

While completing his studies at the University of Suffolk, Bahrum continued to work with the Crisis Team in Norwich, which provides intervention and support to patients in crisis to keep them at home – and out of an inpatient setting – wherever possible. He qualified in spring 2020, and is now on a fast-track course to move into a band 6 role.

“I really enjoy crisis resolution – it’s so rewarding,” added Bahrum. “I like social interaction and find it easy to talk to people as a result of my life experience. I’m now confident in my own practice and judgement and feel I am able to develop strong relationships with service users and colleagues.

“There is no way I would’ve been able to get into nursing without the Trust’s support, and I’m forever thankful to both NSFT and the University of Suffolk for giving me the opportunity. 

“I would thoroughly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. I had just turned 30 when I started the AP course and am now 36, so it’s been a long journey, but there has been nothing more fulfilling than being able to tell my loved ones that I have got a degree, despite all of the obstacles I’ve faced in life.”

Meet the apprentice - Bex's story: 

“I’m very grateful for the many opportunities the Trust has given me.

“When I left school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I was more interested in mental health than physical health because I did an A-level in psychology. 

"I was also looking for work where I’d be able to build up my level of experience and develop my career.

"I liked it from the first day because my colleagues were very supportive and I enjoyed being part of a team. There are some very good nurses at our Trust and my ambition now is to be one of them.”

Meet the apprentice - Merv's story:

“I love it, particularly interacting with people, and I enjoy the crowd I work with.

“I’ve also learnt so much. I’d worked in admin many years ago but my office skills had got rusty and I’ve picked up new, softer skills to help me deal better with people.”

Meet the apprentice - Bekah's story​:

“I have found it very interesting and have met many different people who have supported me and given me many opportunities to progress.

“Each day is different – as well as doing your day-to-day tasks, you never know who you will hear from, who will send you an email or who you will help in the office.

“I get a satisfying feeling when I log off from my computer at the end of the day, knowing what I have done, big or small, has made a difference to the people who use our services.”

Meet the apprentice - Luke's story:

“I’ve always regarded myself as a people person and really enjoy meeting people face-to-face.

"An apprenticeship can open doors to a fulfilling career path.”

Meet the apprentice - Michael's story:​

"When I worked as a data technician / receptionist, I enjoyed observing the work of clinical staff and really respected what they did.

“Many years ago, I had mental health difficulties of my own and spent time as an inpatient, and this experience has helped me in my Assistant Practitioner role, and I’m sure it will help as I train towards becoming a qualified nurse.

“The Trust has been supportive of me, and my ambition is to simply make a positive difference to the lives of patients so they can lead a meaningful life, with or without symptoms.”

You can read more about all these apprentices and the advantages of apprenticeships​, by clicking here.