Welcome to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer exciting opportunities to start your career, boost your career or refresh your career in many areas of healthcare. From administration and reception to management and nursing, there are a range of qualifications available to meet your needs.


Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Primary Care Academy offer apprenticeships to new and existing staff in a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas in Primary Care. An apprenticeship provides on-the-job training qualifications, enabling individuals to gain skills and confidence and earn as they learn.


Higher and degree apprenticeships bring together universities, employers, professional bodies and apprentices in a formal relationship to meet the skills needs of the economy. Apprenticeships are a priority for us and we are working with various providers to help with the delivery of a range of apprenticeships driven by employer demand.


Apprenticeship levels

Apprenticeships are offered at different levels - with the most recent additions being degree and higher level apprenticeships.

Equivalent education level

  • Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced 3 2 A level passes
  • Higher 4 First year of a degree programme
  • Higher 5 Foundation degree and above
  • Higher/Degree 6 Bachelors degree level
  • Higher/Degree 7 Masters degree and PhD level

An apprenticeship is formed of three main parts, which are undertaken while the Apprentice is employed in a relevant job role. It’s comprised of:

  1. A programme of study e.g. degree, HNC or BTEC
  2. A full-time paid job linked to your study e.g. surveyor, engineer, nurse
  3. An assessment at the end of the programme of study (End Point Assessment)

The apprenticeship levy

Businesses have access to the apprenticeship levy – a pot of money held by the Government, which is used to pay for the apprenticeship. The benefits of apprenticeships are numerous

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way for businesses to develop their new and existing staff and hire fresh talent, while giving someone a life-changing opportunity.

Who can undertake an apprenticeship?

Both new and existing staff can undertake an apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit. Apprentices must be aged 16 or older.

Apprentices must meet entry requirements – these vary by apprenticeship standard. If an apprentice already holds a degree, their qualification must be significantly different to the content of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships require that apprentices spend a certain amount of time on the job, in a role related to their subject. They are also required to spend an allocated amount of time (20%) off the job learning. Apprenticeships also have an End Point Assessment built in, which can lead to professional accreditation.

The Apprenticeship Standards have been developed specifically to align with the needs of employers and making applicants’ skills match. As part of the apprenticeship, feedback will be given to the employer and the apprentice on their attendance and progression on the apprenticeship.

For more information about apprenticeships with NHS employers, take a look at this website: https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/apprenticeships

If you’re considering an apprenticeship and would like more information or would like to talk to someone please contact us by using the form below.


An apprenticeship programme offers a fixed-term contact with training and assessment provided by locally based and established training providers, as well as a dedicated and experienced work based mentor and on the go training.

There are a range of apprenticeships in both patient and non-patient facing roles.

An apprenticeship opens the door to a career in heath and social care and offers many benefits including a nationally recognised qualification, hands on experience, transferable skills, regular study time, paid annual leave and the opportunity to earn while you learn.


A range of apprenticeships are available to existing staff, in both patient and non-patient facing roles.
We are committed to delivering excellence through the apprenticeship programmes for all staff, whatever their role within the organisation.
An apprenticeship offers many benefits, including a nationally recognised qualification, transferable skills, a qualification funded by the ofganisation regular study time and fantastic opportunity to improve your long term career.


Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some universities. Students can achieve a full bachelor's / master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a University. You will be employed throughout the programme and will spend part of the time at University and the rest with your employer. This can be on a day to day basic or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer. These programmes are being developed by employers, Universities and professional bodies working in partnership.


Keep checking our website and social media for the most up to date information or you can contact us by emailing:  lgmch.pcacademy@nhs.net

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