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What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme.

Apprenticeships mix on-the-job training with classroom learning. They provide you with the skills required for your chosen career this will also lead to a nationally recognised qualification. As an Apprentice you will develop great practical skills and knowledge from studying and being hands on in the workplace.

Our mentoring and training sessions will give you the continuous support you will need to complete your apprenticeship. Solent NHS Trust apprentices have a named apprentice mentor, a member of staff working at least at the level of the post the apprentice is training for. It is their role to provide support and guidance to the apprentice as part of their on the job training.

Apprenticeships are available to everyone, regardless of age or level of education and range from Level 2, which is equivalent to GCSE level, to Level 6 (degree) and Level 7 (masters).

They can take anywhere from one to four years to complete, depending on the level and include 20% off the job training, which can include shadowing, study time, research and mentoring.