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Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

NHS England Apprenticeships
United Kingdom
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Job summary

NHS Trusts, Primary Care and Social Care providers are working together in Dorset to grow our workforce and develop the existing workforce through the Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeship in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College. This advert is hosted by Dorset HealthCare on behalf of the Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS).

PLEASE NOTE: If you have previously applied for the March 2024 programme and were unsuccessful you will not be eligible to re-apply for this cohort.

Are you an aspiring Nursing Associate?

A Registered Nursing Associate (RNA) is a standalone and regulated role, bridging the gap between healthcare assistants and registered nurses.

You will assist registered nursing staff and other healthcare professionals providing high quality care for a clearly defined group of patients, relatives and carers within a variety of healthcare settings for people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, cultures and beliefs across all health and care settings.

This apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity for you to gain hands on experience and earn a salary within a two-year programme leading to a Foundation degree.

We want people who have a passion and a desire to start or further develop their career in health and social care in Dorset and who demonstrate compassion, commitment, and respect in line with the NHS Our People Promise as well as flexibility to work across more than one employer.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of should you be employed by Dorset Healthcare.

Main duties of the job

To progress your application, it is essential that you have and can evidence:
  • C/4 or above in GCSE English & Mathematics or equivalent (i.e. functional skills level 2), and evidence these at point of application (IELTS cannot be considered due to ESFA funding rules)
  • Full level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma or equivalent (i.e. at least 2 A Levels or a higher qualification) evidenced at point of application
  • The right to work in the UK
  • Eligibility for apprenticeship funding

Please clearly state ALL qualifications and details

If these and all other qualifications and grades are not clearly stated on the form, we cannot process your application further.

Applicants awaiting A Level, Level 3 or Higher-Level qualification results are advised to indicate pending results.

(Please note evidence of qualifications will need to be provided and evidenced at interview)

You must be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme in March 2024(there is no upper age limit) to apply.

Before submitting your application form please note:

You may be required to work evenings and weekends and at various locations around Dorset so you will need to access these sites, please consider this before submitting your application.

Please refer to the Person Specification at the end of the Job Profile and the 'Additional Information' document when completing your personal statement.

Interviews to be held in person between Monday 8th until Thursday 11th January 2024 (subject to change).

About us

Working as part of Dorset's Integrated Care System (ICS)

Dorset ICS is made up of NHS organisations, councils, public services and voluntary and community partners are working together.

ICSs have four core purposes:
  • Improve outcomes in population health and healthcare
  • Tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access
  • Enhance productivity and value for money
  • Help the NHS support broader social and economic developmen

For your awareness and information:

All the information collected in this form is necessary and relevant to the performance of the job applied for. We will use the information provided by you including, referees and educational institutions (to verify your qualifications with) for recruitment purposes only. Dorset HealthCare will treat all personal information with the utmost confidentiality in line with current data protection legislation. We rely on the lawful basis of consent to process the information you provide. By submitting an application you consent to the information given to be shared with the Primary Care Training Hub, NHS Dorset, Dorset HealthCare, University Hospitals Dorset, Dorset County Hospital, Social Care and General Practice staff involved in the recruitment and selection processes.

Should you be successful, the information provided, and further information which will be gathered, will be subsequently used for the administration of your employment and in relation to any legal challenge which may be made regarding recruitment practices.

Date posted

05 December 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 3


£22,816 to £24,336 a year p.a. (Salary may vary for non-NHS employers)




24 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations




BH17 0RB


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