Although becoming a nurse has changed drastically in recent years, enrolling in a nursing apprenticeship is relatively straightforward.
Previously, aspirant nurses had to get a bachelor’s degree before becoming registered nurses. However, beginning in September 2017, you might finish a nursing apprenticeship, which combines on-the-job training with academic study over four years.
The new nursing apprenticeship programme aims to provide more people with the opportunity to become nurses.
Here are some of the benefits:
- You do not have to pay tuition or training costs since the employer pays for the apprenticeship.
- On the ward, you’ll earn money while learning on the job and acquiring valuable life experience.
- You do not need A levels or any prior experience to apply.
- You will get the same degree as a university graduate while without having to pay tuition.
How to get a nursing apprenticeship?
Even if you’ve never worked in healthcare before, applying to be a nurse apprentice is straightforward. Visit the Government’s ‘findanapprenticeship‘ website to find opportunities in your area.
Most nursing degree apprenticeships last four years unless you have previous experience working as a nurse associate.
Can I still apply for a nursing apprenticeship if I already work as a nursing assistant?
Nursing apprenticeships are designed to help more healthcare workers grow in their careers as nurses. You already offer hands-on care alongside fully qualified nurses as a nursing associate and work towards a level 5 qualification. This means that you may be able to apply some of your past knowledge to the degree-level apprenticeship, so shortening the time of the course.
What steps should I take to apply?
Inform your manager about your want to work as a nursing apprentice. The new degree-level courses begin in September, so apply as soon as possible.