Dorset HealthCare offers apprenticeships to new and existing staff in a variety of clinical and non-clinical areas.

An apprenticeship provides on-the-job training and qualifications, enabling individuals to gain skills and confidence, and earn as they learn.

An apprenticeship is made up of the following key elements:

  • Competence-Based Qualification
    Formerly the NVQ, this qualification enables learners to demonstrate and improve their practical skills in their chosen sector while in a work-based environment.
  • Knowledge-Based Qualification
    Formerly the Technical Certificate, this qualification focuses on the theory behind the application of the subject.
  • Functional Skills
    Covering the fundamentals of operating effectively in the workplace, Functional Skills are available in English, Maths and ICT.
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
    These are essentially behavioural skills that can be used to help apprentices excel in the workplace. The outcomes are based around the skills needed for success and learning in life.
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
    This covers the rights and responsibilities that the apprentice will need to comply with at work. It helps learners understand the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law.

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Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship

The NHS in Dorset is offering 50 new full time Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship places. This is a new project, launched and managed by ‘Our Dorset Workforce’.

The apprenticeship provides the opportunity to study for a nursing degree and qualify as a nurse whilst being paid. Both adult nursing and mental health nursing will be available.

In the first year of study apprentices will be paid a salary of over £17,000, which will rise in the second year following the successful completion of year one. There are also no tuition fees to pay.

The four-year course will start in September 2019 and will be provided by either Solent University in Southampton or through The Open University. The course will combine university study alongside working as an apprentice on the wards or in another healthcare setting in Dorset.

This means apprentices could be placed in any of Dorset’s acute hospitals (Royal Bournemouth, Poole Hospital or Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester), with Dorset Healthcare in a community hospital, a mental health or learning disability service or in general practice or a care home.

They will ask applicants to state a preference for their main base of work however apprentices should be prepared to work anywhere in Dorset and will be expected to move around different services and sites for placements to gain a full range of experiences.

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Apprenticeships for new staff

Dorset HealthCare’s new apprentice recruits programme offers a fixed-term contract with training and assessment provided by locally based, established training providers, as well as a dedicated and experienced work-based mentor, and on-the-job training.

We offer a range of apprenticeships in both clinical and non-clinical areas.

An apprenticeship opens the door to a career with Dorset HealthCare, and offers many benefits including a nationally recognised qualification, hands-on experience, transferable skills, regular study time, paid annual leave – and the opportunity to earn while you learn

We're looking for enthusiastic and committed people who want to be part of our team.

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Apprenticeships for existing staff

Dorset HealthCare offers a range of apprenticeships to existing staff, in both clinical and non-clinical areas.

We are committed to delivering excellence in our apprenticeship programmes for all staff bands 1-4, whatever their role within the organisation.

An apprenticeship offers many benefits, including a nationally recognised qualification, transferable skills, a qualification funded by the Trust, regular study time – and a fantastic opportunity to improve your long-term career prospects.

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