As a large local employer, Derby Teaching Hospitals understands the benefits to our organisation, and to the communities we serve, of offering apprenticeships to our new and existing workforce. We see apprenticeships as a means to:
- Develop the skills of local people
- Involve the local community in the delivery of local services
- Bring fresh, new talent into the workforce and
- Develop the organisation’s current workforce to grow our workforce of the future
What are Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are integrated work based training and development programmes, designed around the needs of employers, reflecting knowledge and competencies required in the workplace and leading to nationally accredited qualifications.
They are seen by the Government as key to supporting future skills development and national economic recovery.
Apprentices work towards qualifications that make up a ‘framework’ that typically consists of:
- A competency based award e.g. QCF Certificate, Diploma (NVQ)
- A knowledge based qualification known as a ‘Technical Certificate’
- Functional Skills e.g. Maths, English, IT
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
Apprentice contracts must be for a minimum of 30 hours a week and for a minimum period:
- 12 months for a Level 2 apprenticeship
- 18 months for a Level 3 apprenticeship
The Trust exceeds national guidelines regarding apprentice rates of pay.