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Recruiting an apprentice

If you’re a practice interested in taking on an apprentice, please email

Apprenticeships bring together colleges / universities, employers, professional bodies and apprentices in a formal relationship to meet the skills needs of the economy. Apprenticeships are a priority for us and we are working with various providers to help with the delivery of a range of apprenticeships driven by employer demand.


Health Education Derbyshire Training Hub provides support to primary care in relation to all apprenticeship offers across Derbyshire, by guiding practices to identify the appropriate apprenticeship, aid recruitment, highlight apprenticeship funding where available and advise practices how to access levy transfer, where appropriate. 

Apprenticeships support the strategic plans for Primary Care in relation to reducing workforce pressures, retaining workforce, growing and training the workforce, new ways of working and delivering care, and the overall sustainability of primary care. 

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give the current or future employee the chance to work towards a qualification.

Hiring an apprentice

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice. We can support at every stage.

  1. Choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation, if you’re not sure what standard would fit let us know, we can help!
  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship you’ve chosen. We have a number of connections in the local area with outstanding apprenticeship providers.
  3. Check what funding is available for training and other costs to your organisation.
  4. Advertise your apprenticeship – you or your training provider can do this through the find an apprenticeship service.
  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

If you’re a practice interested in taking on an apprentice, please email

Key benefits of employing an apprentice

1. Growing your workforce

90% of apprentices stay with their employers upon completion of their course and nearly one quarter of apprentices go on to further develop their careers within 12 months of completing their apprenticeship.  

 2. Aid staff retention

As well as helping you to gain the right kind of skills you need for your business, employing an apprentice can also aid staff retention, providing you with skills staff for the future.

 3. Tackle a skill shortage

Apprenticeship schemes help employers ensure that they get exactly the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need while growing a talented and engaged workforce. Apprenticeships also help fill the skills gap within their current workforce and enable development in areas beneficial to the apprentice and the organisation. 

4. New energy

Employing an apprentice can add a whole new dimension to your workplace, bringing with them a fresh perspective and new ideas. This in turn can encourage existing employees to undertake further development to enhance their career. 

5. Benefits of ongoing and personalised support

The apprentice will be assigned an assessor who is the person responsible for setting all of their work, marking it and guiding them through their course. They are there to answer any of their questions at any point and provide them with support tailored to suit their needs. They will also want to know where you see them progressing and will support that development.

Apprenticeships we are currently supporting with:

  • Business administration apprenticeship
  • Nursing Associate apprenticeship
  • Team leading apprenticeship
  • Improvement technician apprenticeship
  • Management apprenticeship
  • Dispensing assistant apprenticeship
  • Pharmacy technician apprenticeship


When employing an apprentice. They must be;

  • 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • live in England

They can start an apprenticeship whether they are starting their career, want a change or looking to upskill in their current job.