Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future

What is an apprenticeship?

They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Funding is available to train apprentices.

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training. It is a package of on-the-job training and qualifications.

Apprenticeships include a vocational qualification, a technical certificate, a work skills certificate and literacy, numeracy and ICT qualifications.  All of these components together ensure a fully knowledgeable and competent individual trained specifically to the job that they do.

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent to 5 GCSEs and an Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels.

Apprenticeships are available for all ages from 16 +, however the amount of Government Funding available to support Apprenticeship training differs for 16 – 18 years, 19- 23 years and 24 + years.

Usually 16-18 years and some 19-23 years are recruited onto an apprenticeship programme.  While 24+ years are people who are already employed and undertaking the programme to achieve an accredited qualification to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and competence within their job role.

For those recruited onto an apprenticeship programme the employer has to agree a contract for 12 months and may decide to employ permanently after this time.  Where employers are unable to provide a permanent post. The apprentice will have the knowledge, skills and competence related to the sector including literacy, numeracy, ICT qualifications and employability skills.  They will be work ready and employable for any other relevant job available. 

Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain the skills they need and job-specific skills. The minimum salary for a new apprentice is £3.50 per hour (from 1st October 2015 ), however many employers pay slightly more.

Dynamo Healthcare Training Ltd is able to access funding delivering training for all ages.


How long will it take?

The length of time for an apprenticeship differs depending on the learner’s needs, level of the qualification and employment status. It is usually 12 months.

Benefits to Employers


  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive and 76% say that Apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity;
  • 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover;
  • 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future;
  • Two-thirds of respondents believe that their Apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly, whilst
  • 88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce;
  • 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs;
  • In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One);
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company;
  • Over three-quarters of respondents expect apprenticeships to play a bigger part in their recruitment policy in the future.


Benefits of taking an apprentice from the Academy?

  • Employers can be involved in curriculum development and ensure training meets their specific needs.
  • 8 weeks traineeship placement allows the trainee to shadow part time prior to commencing the apprenticeship.

please contact us about the academy if you are interested in getting involved.

How is it delivered?

Dynamo Healthcare Training works with employers providing a one stop shop for apprenticeship recruitment, training and support for both the employer and the apprentice from the start of the programme to the end.

  • We help you to match the job role to the specialist apprenticeship training.
  • We support recruitment with advertising for free and help you to short list and select your apprentices
  • We design the training package with you which consists of; a day a week training to include full induction, any sector specific mandatory training, work skills and technical certificate to meet knowledge requirements.
  • We provide a one to one assessor/mentor to support the apprentice and ensure they are meeting the competency requirements
  • We provide support for the employer to ensure you are confident with the whole process
  • You must commit to have the apprentice for a year, then if you wish you can recruit then to an existing vacancy if they don’t already fill one
  • We provide progression opportunities for higher training to meet any career progression opportunities.
  • For staff who are already employed we support you to match the most appropriate apprenticeship qualification to the role of your existing staff.
How much will it cost my business?

For staff aged over 18 years there is a small employer contribution but only if you receive your grant. Once you receive your grant a proportion is paid to support delivery.

Young Apprenticeship training for those aged 16 – 18 years is fully funded and there is no employer contribution towards the training.  Recruitment and advertising is also free saving on average £3000.  You will have to commit to employ the young person for at least 12 months while they are undertaking the training with a reduced wage usually £110 per week.  Many employers increase this slightly as an incentive to the apprentice as they progress.

National Apprenticeship Service are offering SME’s a grant of £1,500 for employers who take on an apprentice aged 16-23.

DHCT is also working with Health Education South West who are supporting employers who train existing and new recruits on Apprenticeship frameworks.  They provide a grant of £575 for those aged 16-18 years and £1000 for those aged 19+ years.

For a small initial investment in time to ensure the apprentice is working effectively and meeting your needs, you can quickly reap the benefits of having a productive, effective, trained member of staff for very little monetary cost.

‘Employers say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution during their training period, and can add value within their first few weeks or even from day one’.

What areas of work can my apprentices work?
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Healthcare
  • Medical Reception
  • Social Care
How do I get an apprentice for my business?

Contact Dynamo Healthcare Training here or telephone 01736 753933 for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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