What is the NHS?

Launched in 1948, the NHS was created to provide good healthcare to all, regardless of wealth and is paid for by using money from taxation. With the exception of some charges, such as prescriptions, optical and dental services, the NHS is free to use by all UK residents. The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours and covers everything from antenatal screenings to treatments for long-term conditions, transplants, emergency care and end-of-life care.

What are NHS apprenticeships?

NHS Nursing Apprenticeships are a way to get into the world of healthcare employment without going through university. They are available to anyone over the age of 16 and allow you to earn while you learn, working on the job in a healthcare facility such as hospital or healthcare centre.

As one of the largest employers in the UK, the NHS have a large levy pot available to them to fund apprentices. 95% of NHS Trusts pay the levy, with more than half (51%) expected to spend the majority of their levy funds within the first year.

How will degree-level nursing apprenticeships help?

  • They’ll help to tackle the short staffing crisis currently held by the NHS.
  • They’ll allow students from all backgrounds to have the chance to become a nurse.
  • The NHS can save money on uni fees by using their levy funds for off the job training.

To find out more about nursing apprenticeships – what’s on offer, who offers these kind of apprenticeships and more. Download our guide here.