Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Primary Care Academy offer apprenticeships to broaden the scope of training and development for existing staff, whilst attracting new people to improve diversity within the workplace and bridging gaps in Primary Care. They provide a future workforce for clinical and non-clinical roles, counteract an ageing workforce and making career progression simpler in the NHS. Apprenticeship qualifications are available in many areas of Primary Care including Business Administration, Healthcare, Team Leading, Customer Service and Management.
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.
Apprenticeships are offered at different levels - with the most recent additions being degree and higher-level apprenticeships.
Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4 First Year of Degree Programme / Foundation Degree
Higher 5 Second Year of Degree Programme / Foundation Degree
Higher/Degree 6 Bachelors Degree Level
Higher/Degree 7 Masters Degree and PhD Level
Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
Both new and existing staff can undertake an apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit. Apprentices must be aged 16 or older.
As each type of apprenticeship offers a different-levelled qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), their entry requirements will vary. Generally speaking, they are as follows:
The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. This is paid by employers with annual pay bills in excess of £3 million. Depending on if you pay the levy or not, this is how apprenticeship training is funded
You can apply for apprenticeships at any time of year - whether you're successful depends on if an employer has a vacancy. You'll be able to check the specific entry requirements of your chosen apprenticeship once the position opens.
The plan by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is that all employers have digital accounts by the end of 2019. A digital account is an online system that allows apprenticeship transactions to take place and levy payers to manage their levy budget.
Levy payers were the initial priority, but this is now being rolled out to all employers. Until an employer who is a non-levy payer has a digital account, employers must agree a payment schedule with their apprenticeship training provider and pay them directly.
You can only use funds in your account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England, and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship.
You cannot use funds for the following costs:
A levy transfer is a process a levy payer that is not utilising their apprenticeship levy funds can access to pay for the apprenticeship training of another employer. If that employer is a non-levy payer, it also means that employer can access the same training provision that levy payers can use.
There are many benefits to levy transfers and more information can be found at the following link:
Health Education England and Skills for Health have a dedicated website for apprenticeships in healthcare. This has updates on apprenticeship standards that have been approved, in development or being considers, toolkits and case studies. To find out more, visit:
Specifically, there is also a more detailed information pack for apprenticeships in primary care:haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019.01.04-Apprenticeships-in-Primary-Care-v4.pdf
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