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Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme.  Apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career, all while earning a wage.

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An apprenticeship will give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours to deliver safe and effective care. There are many benefits when considering an apprenticeship; each programme will allow the apprentice to:

  • Be recognised for the work you do
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop job specific skills
  • Study whilst you are working
  • Further career potential
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications

We offer a wider range of apprenticeships within Support Services – see below.

All apprenticeships require Maths and English at grade C or above/equivalent. This can be taken alongside the apprenticeship, dependent on the outcome of an initial assessment. The Trust has a Functional Skills programme available for all staff to access in both Maths and English if required.

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Finance

Carry out routine financial and support activities.

Entry criteria: Applicants must be working within the Finance Directorate.

Expected start date: September/January

This is a Level 3 apprenticeship and typically lasts 15-18 months (excluding final assessment.

More information on the assistant accountant apprenticeship

Work as an accountant or bookkeeper.

Entry criteria: Applicants must be working within the finance directorate and have completed the Assistant Accountant apprenticeshp.

Expected start date: September

This is a Level 4 apprenticeships and typically lasts 18 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the professional accounting apprenticeship

Human Resources

Develop your coaching understanding and expertise. Coaching involves working with individuals and teams to empower and engage them to enhance their professional performance.

Entry criteria:

  • This programme is for new managers or those who have been in post for 1 – 2 years.

Expected start date: Cohorts will be available from July and September 2021, and then on a quarterly basis from 2022.

This apprenticeship includes an embedded NHS Mary Secole Leadership Programme and is delivered virtually over 12 months, with an additional 3 months to undertake the End Point Assessment.

As part of the programme you will commit to coaching 5 people across 12 months for an overall minimum of 50 hours. Following programme completion, you will be expected to support the Trust in future coaching initiatives.

Once you have completed this apprenticeship, you will be awarded:

  • A Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship Qualification
  • A NHS Leadership Academy award in Healthcare Leadership (Mary Seacole)

More information on the coaching apprenticeship

Handling day to day queries and providing HR advice from recruitment through to retirement.

Expected start date: September/January

Entry criteria: Must be working in the Workforce (HR) Directorate

This is a Level 3 apprenticeship and typically lasts 18 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the HR support apprenticeship

Identifying learning and training needs, designing and sourcing training and learning solutions, delivering and evaluating training.

This is a Level 3 apprenticeship and typically lasts 18 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the learning and development practitioner apprenticeship

Coaching and assessing learners, usually on a 1:1 basis, in a range of learning environments. 

Within the role of an Assessor/Coach you will support learners on in-house apprenticeships by using your own experience, knowledge and skills. Applications to this apprenticeship are invited from staff in healthcare and administration roles.

After completion of this apprenticeship qualified apprentices will need to be willing to commit to support the Education and Training Team with learner assessment activities. The time commitment will vary, and will be subject to mutual agreement on an individual basis and by your Line Manager.

This is a Level 4 apprenticeship and typically lasts 15 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the assessor coach apprenticeship

Teaching young people and adults. This apprenticeship will support those who are regularly involved in the preparation and delivery of Trust training activities.

Applicants are recommended to complete the Trust's internal Education and Training Award programme prior to this apprenticeship. 

A Level 5 apprenticeship, which typically lasts 2 years (excluding final assessment).

More information on the learning and skills apprenticeship

Providing human resources expertise.

Expected Start Date: September/January

Entry criteria:

  • Must be working within the Workforce (HR) Directorate
  • A level 3 or equivalent qualification

A Level 5 apprenticeship which usually lasts 3 years (excluding final assessment).

More information on the HR consultant/partner apprenticeship

Admin

Applications are now open for the Business Administration apprenticeship. Business administration involves supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interacting  with internal or external customers

More information on the business administrator apprenticeship

Expected Start Date: October 2021

The Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship Standard is competence-based. Learners will be able to demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to become a successful business administrator.

The course is suitable for staff already working in a business administration role and will support learners to develop skills in different areas such as communication, project management and presentation.

The course runs for 12-18 months, during which there will be ongoing additional support from the course lead and manager. Observations, multiple choice tests and professional discussions will prepare you for the End Point Assessment.

The diagram below shows a potential career pathway for those interested in career development within administration via an apprenticeship route:

IT, Data, Projects & Improvements

Maximising the effective use of digital office technologies, productivity software and digital communications.

This is a Level 3 apprenticeship, and typically lasts 15 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the digital support technician apprenticeship

Delivery and coaching of improvement activity.

A Level 3 apprenticeship, which typically lasts 14 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the improvement technician apprenticeship

Data analysts collect organise and study data to provide business insight.

A Level 4 apprenticeship that usually lasts 2 years (excluding final assessment).

More information on the data analyst apprenticeship

A data technician sources, formats and presents data securely in a relevant way for analysis.

This is a new Level 3 apprenticeship programme. It is expected to last 13 months (excluding the final assessment). Delivery will be virtual.

This apprenticeship is aimed at staff members who work with data as part of their role and would like to develop a strong understanding of the value and opportunities that are possible with the smart use of data.

Expected Start Date: Proposed from September 2021

More information on the data technician/NHS data citizen apprenticeship

Once you have completed this apprenticeship, you will be awarded:

  • Cambridge Spark Data Essentials Certificate
  • NHS Leadership Academy Award in Leadership foundations

NHS England have teamed up with apprenticeship training provider, Cambridge Sparks to deliver this apprenticeship. Please contact skills.advisor@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk to register your interest internally and to complete both an internal and external application form.

Managing project work and teams. This is a Level 4 apprenticeship and usually lasts for 2 years (excluding the final assessment).

Entry criteria:

  • Applicants must be working in a role which requires defined project management principles.

More information on the associate project manager apprenticeship

Leading the deployment of improvement strategies, training others and providing broad and technical expertise.

A Level 5 apprenticeship that usually lasts 14 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the improvement specialist apprenticeship

Delivering projects and taking on responsibility for the end-to-end delivery.

A Level 6 apprenticeship, usually lasting 4 years (excluding final assessment).

Expected Start Date: Upon requests

More information on the project manager apprenticeship

Investigating, identifying and implementing technological strategic solutions. This is a Level 7 apprenticeship that usually lasts 18 months (excluding final assessment).

Expected start date: September

More information on the digital and technology solutions specialist apprenticeship

Estates & Facilities

Install, maintain and repair electrical systems.

A Level 3 apprenticeship that usually lasts 42 months (excluding final assessment).

More information on the installation and maintenance electrician apprenticeship

For more information on how to apply for any of these apprenticeship opportunities, please contact skillsadvisor@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

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