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Healthcare Apprentice - CEREDIGION

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
28 May 2022

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Job summary

  • Do you want to help and care for people?
  • Are you ready for a challenge?
  • Would you love to be a Registered Nurse but don't feel ready or able to remain in full time education (school, college or university)?
  • Would you like to learn and earn?

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then this could be the role for you!

The Health Care Apprenticeship programme is an exciting opportunity that will enable you to train to become a fully Registered Nurse through work-based learning. You will begin by completing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare (level 2), progress to an Apprenticeship in Clinical Health Care Support (level 3), before embarking on part-time university education, starting at level 4

How is the Health Care Apprentice Programme different to any other apprenticeship programme?

The Health Care Apprenticeship Programme combines many learning programmes into one, which shows that we are committed to proving a direct pathway into nursing. You will not need to reapply for the different qualifications along the way. When you have finished the programme, you will be a qualified Registered Nurse and will not have had to pay any university fees. You will be learning whilst you are earning the whole time.

When you have become a Registered Nurse, you will be expected to remain employed with the Health Board for a minimum of two years.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is DESIRABLE

Main duties of the job


Working alongside registered nurses and other health care professionals, this will give you an insight into care at an introductory level, involving working with a mentor within patient areas, preparing to deliver care to patients.


This role will allow you to become familiar with the layout of the hospital, as well as the standards expected within a healthcare environment. You will interact with patients and develop your communication skills, whilst displaying the qualities needed to become a nurse of the future. It will provide an insight into how support services play an important role in patient care, through providing a hygienic environment. As nutrition and hydration is a vital part of patient care, this provides an insight into food service, the 'All Wales Menu', dietary requirements and reporting processes.

Patient focussed administration

This role will allow you to become familiar with the administrative systems within a healthcare environment. Exposure will be given to recording processes and the need for confidentiality and respect of patient information. You will interact with patients and develop your oral communication skills, whilst developing your resilience when dealing with patients and staff. The placement will provide an insight into various IT systems, giving experience in communicating through emails, telephone and face to face. This gives a holistic experience, developing the nurses of the future.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:
  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;
  • Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

What does the Health Care Apprenticeship Programme involve?
  • A comprehensive induction which will prepare you for your placements within the Health Board
  • You will be supported by a workplace mentor
  • You will have the equivalent of a day a week off-the-job training to develop your learning
  • You will have a mentor from the college
  • You will attend workshops where you will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas
  • You will work towards vocational qualifications, building the levels as you grow in confidence and experience
  • Within the first two years, you will complete four rotational placements in the following areas:
    • Domestics/Porter
    • Patient Focussed Administration
    • Health Care

What qualifications will I achieve?
  • Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship
    • Level 2 Certificate Clinical Healthcare
    • Application of Number Essential Skill Level 1
    • Communication Essential Skill Level 1
    • Essential Digital literacy Skills Level 1
  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
    • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Health Care Support
    • Application of Number Essential Skill Level 2
    • Communication Essential Skill Level 2
    • Essential Digital literacy Skills Level 2
  • Level 4 Certificate in Health Care
  • BSc in Adult General Nursing (Degree)

What are the entry requirements?
  • You must be a kind, caring person who is passionate about helping others
  • You must be aged 16+ in September 2022
  • You must have have the current right to work in the UK
  • You must be able to demonstrate kindness and compassion and a passion for helping others
  • You must be able to demonstrate a willingness to work hard
  • You must not hold a full level 3 health related qualification (if you are not sure, please contact us)
  • You must not be in any formal government-funded education at the time of starting the Health Care Apprentice Programme

If interested, please complete the attached application form before the closing date. In the section Supporting Information we would like to you to tell us why you think you should be selected for this opportunity in no more than 100 words per question.
  • What do you think makes a good carer?
  • Why do you think you would make a good learner?
  • Why would you like to be a Registered Nurse?
  • How would you / your family / friends feel if you became a Registered Nurse?

Once the closing date has passed, those who are successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend an assessment day. This will be a fun day and give you the chance to meet us as well as get to know more information about the programme. Candidates who are shortlisted will also be asked to supply a short video introducing themselves to the Apprenticeship Academy.

The details are:

Ceredigion (Bronglais) 30th June 2022

Everyone who attends the assessment day will be invited to attend a feedback day, where we will discuss the outcome of the assessment day with you. These dates are:

Ceredigion (Bronglais) 11th July 2022

If you are successfully recruited, you will start your employment as a Health Care Apprentice with Hywel Dda University Health Board in September 2022. Those not successful this time around will be offered support from us and from your local College, Careers Wales Centre and Job Centre.

Why apply for an apprenticeship in Hywel Dda University Health Board?
  • Heres just some of the reasons why:
  • Apprenticeships are great first step into a career in the NHS
  • Apprenticeships combine practical training with paid employment (learn while you earn)
  • An opportunity to work alongside experienced staff to support you and help gain the practical skills you need
  • You gain nationally recognised qualifications, with no tuition fees
  • A potential first step to professional training (e.g. nurse, engineer)
  • A great experience, working as part of a team, making a real difference

Person Specification

Supporting Information


  • What do you think makes a good carer?
  • Why do you think you would make a good learner?
  • Why would you like to be a Registered Nurse?
  • How would you / your family / friends feel if you became a Registered Nurse?



  • Reasonable standard of English and Maths



  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Understanding the importance of professional behaviour


  • Demonstrable experience in a caring environment; can be from volunteering or demonstrable work experience
  • Demonstrable experience of working with IT applications including Microsoft Office

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Bronglais General Hospital


SY23 1ER

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)


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