Why does the NHS recruit apprentices?
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde are keen to ensure that we have an appropriately skilled workforce to meet current and future service demands, and one that represents the patient population we serve. Apprenticeships provide a mechanism for us to recruit, train and retain new employees aged 16-24 years (or 16 to 29 years for Disabled or Care Experienced applicants)
We recruit apprentices with the intention of moving them into permanent employment on successful completion of their apprenticeship.
While apprentices develop their knowledge and skills on the job, and gain nationally recognised qualifications, we hope that the apprenticeship is just the start of a much longer term career within the NHS.
Why choose an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship?
Modern Apprenticeships (MA) offer the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. By the end of the apprenticeship period apprentices have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills required for the job role and are competent and experienced workers.
This approach of working and learning at the same time is enhanced by a formal Modern Apprenticeship Framework which ensures apprentices gain national recognition of their knowledge and skills.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer. We welcome applications from disabled people, minority ethnic groups, those who are care experienced and from LGBTQI applicants.
Pay and Summary Terms and Conditions
We are a Scottish Living Wage living wage employer which means our trainees start on a minimum of £9.50 per hour (2021 Rate, NHS Pay rates change annually), and have access to all the benefits available to NHS Staff. This includes 27 days paid annual leave, 8 paid public holidays per year and enrolment in the NHS Pension Scheme.
All trainees who successfully complete the NHS GGC Modern Apprenticeship programme will be offered permanent employment within the organisation.
We have established career pathways and development programmes within the organisation which support ongoing career development and support employees to work towards higher level qualifications, to develop their skills and progress within the NHS in Scotland.
If for some reason trainees chose not to remain with us on completion of training then they leave us with recognised qualifications and training, work experience and references, and a real advantage over other applicants in an increasingly competitive graduate job market.
What qualifications and training will I get?
Some of the apprenticeships require apprentices to attend college. Engineers spend their first year of the programme in full-time college education and then attend college one day per week in Years 2 & 3.
Some other apprenticeships may require attendance one day per week to complete an academic qualification e.g. HNC (Life Sciences apprenticeships).
There are also some apprenticeships that do not require any formal attendance at college e.g. Business Administration, although we often ask our training provider to deliver some additional training sessions if we think this is necessary.
All apprentices at a minimum will be working towards achieving a Scottish Vocational Qualification.