What is an Apprenticeship?

What is an Apprenticeship?


An Apprenticeship is a job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage. An apprenticeship is one of the best ways to start if you are new to healthcare or business administration.

You will be working with experienced staff members who will help you develop your skills and knowledge to be a skilled and confident worker.

Apprentices must be 16 years old or over and must work for at least 30 hours per week

Benefits for employers

Employers engage with apprenticeships in different reasons. In a recent survey, the most popular driver, which was cited by 95% of employers, was to maintain or improve future skill levels in the organisation.

Other motivations improve product or service quality (82%), improve productivity (80%), improve staff retention (78%), improve staff morale (76%), improve the employer’s ability to attract good staff (73%), and to bring new ideas into the organisation (71%). 

The Apprenticeship Levy

From 2017 the government is also reforming apprenticeship funding, including the introduction of an apprenticeship levy in April 2017 to fund new apprenticeships. The levy will be paid by all private and public sector employers in the UK with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million. Levy paying employers will be able to use the money collected to pay for training for apprentices via a new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.

The government says those employers not paying the levy will continue to have access to government funding to support apprenticeships. Further details about apprenticeship funding from May 2017 were announced on 12 August 2016.

Apprenticeships – Are they for you?

An apprenticeship can offer hands on experience, a salary and the opportunity to gain qualifications while you work.

As the fifth largest employer in the world, the NHS offers a broad spectrum of job areas for you to explore including Healthcare, and Business Administration.



Our Healthcare apprentices currently wear burgundy scrubs  

However from December 2016 a new uniform for healthcare apprentices has been introduced and will look like this allowing them to feel like they are a part of the healthcare family.




Business admin apprentices wear uniform according to area this could be office attire or specific Clarke uniforms. However there are plans for a new uniform for all the admin apprentices.