Apprenticeships at ELHT

An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience, and get paid - you’re an employee with a contract of employment. 

It doesn't matter whether you’re just starting out in your career, want a change or you're upskilling in your current job. You can have a previous qualification, such as a degree, and still start an apprenticeship. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career. ​

We don’t just look at you for who you are now, we look at you for who you could be in the future. We take training seriously and encourage you to do the same. 

As an apprentice, you will:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 6 hours of your contracted working hours)
  • complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • be on a career path with lots of future potential



​It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. 

Apprenticeships are linked to an accredited course from Level 2 (intermediate) – Level 7 (Master’s degree) covering both clinical and non-clinical job roles.

The current and prior qualifications accepted as meeting the minimum English and maths requirements for apprenticeships is at a level 2 and above.

If you currently don't meet the requirements and already work at ELHT, we offer functional skills free of charge.

We recommend completing your English and maths before applying for an apprenticeship, but this can be done alongside your apprenticeship programme through your training provider.

If you require more information, would like advice or guidance on next steps, the apprenticeship team are available to contact on a

We are committed to helping our staff balance their work and home lives and ensure they feel supported, valued and appreciated.

We offer colleagues:

  • Onsite fitness centres
  • Occupational health service
  • Staff counselling service
  • Chaplaincy services
  • A smoke free environment
  • Family friendly policies
  • Health related policies
  • Fast physio service
  • Health Service Discounts (formerly known as NHS Discounts)
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Annual leave entitlement
  • Car parking
  • Lease Car Scheme
  • Flexible Working
  • Staff Lottery
  • Long Service Awards
  • Library and Knowledge Service
  • Child and Family Care Service
  • Retirement Fellowship & much more.

If you are a substantive member of staff and considering an apprenticeship to further your knowledge, want to upskill or develop in your role, the first step to take is to have an open discussion with your manager.

Your manager will need to support your application and clarify service development in your area.

For more information, visit the DERI website here.