Apprenticeships are designed to help individuals develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and employers to build a workforce with future ready skills. 

Apprenticeships can be used for current staff development and to recruit and develop new staff.

On this page you will find apprenticeship options, webinars and events, funding information, updates and links to resources.  

If you have any questions please contact Olivia Murphy, Apprenticeship Coordinator on 07735161775 or [email protected] 

North West Faculty for Advanced Practice Webinar (Primary Care and Apprenticeships) 

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 3 – 5 pm

This is a free MS Teams event organised by HEE NW to explain the role of the Faculty for Advancing Practice, Centre for Advancing Practice and the educational pathways and training for Advanced Practitioners within Primary Care.


Training 2000 Admin and Management Apprenticeships Webinar

11 November 2021. View the recording here.

New-Recruit Apprentice Incentive – EXTENDED

Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new recruit apprentices of any age. To receive the payment, you must submit an application for each eligible apprentice using your apprenticeship service account.

    • Employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. They must also have an apprenticeship programme start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021. Applications will close 30 November 2021. 

    • Employment start date of 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications will open 11 January 2022 and close 15 May 2022.

Further details available here: How to apply for the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice – Apprenticeship Service Support ( This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16 – 18 year old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care plan, where that applies.

Apprenticeship Programmes

Click on the apprenticeship titles below to find out more. 

If you are an employer/employee interested in applying for any apprenticeship (even if it is not listed below) please complete our online Expression of Interest Form as soon as possible so that we can assist you. 

Apprenticeship Tuition Fees are paid using levy via the Employer’s Apprenticeship DAS account. Employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million pay in to the apprenticeship levy and use this to pay their tuition fees. Employers with less, are non-levy payers. Non-levy paying employers are able to apply for a levy transfer from another organisation to cover 100% of the tuition fee. This is never guaranteed, but to date has been very successful. If a levy transfer can not be secured then non-levy payers will only pay 5% of the tuition fee, the Government pays 95%. HEE Levy Team will support Employers with levy, levy transfer requests and setting up/managing a DAS account.

Senior Healthcare Support Workers (SHCSW) help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence. SHCSW work in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

Key Points about the Apprenticeship:

  • Focus on a specific route (Adult Nursing Support, Mental Health Support, Maternity Support, Theatre support, Children and Young People Support or Allied Health Profession Therapy Support)
  • Choice of Modules within specific route, allowing Employer and Learner to tailor learning to best meet employer needs
  • Includes the Care Certificate
  • Duration: Usually 18 Months
  • Designed for: Current HCA/HCSWs wanting to develop their knowledge and qualifications, and non-clinical staff wanting to develop in to a clinical role.
A SHCSW apprenticeship information pack has been published which includes useful links, case studies, resources and more.  The pack is available using this link
The next Training Hub SHCSW Apprenticeship Information Webinar is on Thursday 28 October 2021, 11am – 12noon. Email [email protected] to be sent calendar appointment. 
Please view our SHCSW Overview for more information.
Training 2000
Furness College
Apprenticeship Pathway
On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you could apply for the following apprenticeships; Assistant Practitioner (Level 5), Nursing Associate (Level 5) or Nursing (Level 6). Entry criteria may differ per provider.
If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 
BPP (HEE Approved)
  • The first NHS NW cohort start date is 2 December 2021. Information webinars will be running on Monday 11 Oct 1.30pm – 2.30pm and Wednesday 13 Oct 10.30 – 11.30am. To attend one of these sessions and/or apply please email [email protected] Deadline for expressing interest is Friday 15 October. 
  • The next start date will be an NHS National cohort in February 2022. 
  • Please find the programme overview here.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 

Nursing Associates bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team. They work with people of all ages in a variety of settings in health and social care. HEE’s animation showcases the role across different settings giving practical examples of the duties being carried out and the benefits they bring to employers. These benefits include improved service delivery and patient care, improved staff retention through career progression and contribution to widening participation. 

The next Training Hub NA Apprenticeship Information Webinar is on Thursday 28 October 2021, 1 – 2pm. Email [email protected] to be sent calendar appointment. 

For further information click on the documents below:

NHS Employers Webinar – Nursing Associates in Community and Mental Health Settings Thursday 2 December 2021, 11.30am – 12.30pm . Hear from employers using the nursing associate role in community and mental health settings. Speakers will share the successes of the role and how they support nursing associate colleagues during their training and when qualified. This will be the fourth in a series of webinars celebrating nursing associate colleagues and how the role contributes to the NHS workforce supply. Further information and booking is available using this link.

University of Cumbria (HEE Approved)
  • Nursing Associate and Nursing Apprenticeship Webinar – For Primary Care and Social Care Employers and applicants across Lancashire and South Cumbria. Please attend one of the below webinars to find out more about these programmes. Webinars will be delivered by the University Programme Leads.

Find out about Enhanced Clinical Practitioners and the apprenticeship here

HEE held a national webinar for this apprenticeship in September 2021. Key resources from this are:
Sheffield Hallam University – HEE Approved North West Delivery

If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 

North West Physiotherapist Apprenticeship Employer Engagement Webinar – Tuesday 26th October 2021, 10am – 12pm
HEE will be facilitating a North West collaborative procurement and implementation of the Physiotherapist (Integrated Degree) Apprenticeship. An employer engagement webinar has been planned to provide you with the opportunity to find out more about this process, the plans in place and how to get involved. For further details and to book a place please use this link.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 

  • Liverpool John Moores University’s Virtual Information Event, Tuesday 12 October 2021. Please complete the booking form via this link and hold the date in your diary. A meeting link will follow.

For more information about this apprenticeship please click on the documents below:

  1. PWP Apprenticeship – FAQs

Full Programme and Top-Up Routes

If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete Expression of Interest Form 

The next L&SC PCTH Nursing Apprenticeship Information Webinar is on Thursday 28 October 2021, 9.30 – 10.30am. Email [email protected] to be sent calendar appointment. 

University of Cumbria – Lancaster Campus (HEE Approved)
  • Nursing Associate and Nursing Apprenticeship Webinar – For Primary Care and Social Care Employers and applicants across Lancashire and South Cumbria. Please attend one of the below webinars to find out more about these programmes. Webinars will be delivered by the University Programme Leads.

For more information see below:

  1. haso.skillsforhealth. – RNDA

HEE funding offer is announced once a year. Information for applications for September 2022 and Feb/March 2023 programme starts is below.

Advanced Clinical Practice Demand-Led process for 22/23 cohorts

The Faculty for Advanced Practice across the North West are pleased to announce they will soon be welcoming expression of interests for educational training funding for MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

A further email with a link to submit the expression of interest form will be circulated on Tuesday 4th January 2022. Organisations will have until Monday 14th February 2022 to submit.

Please find listed below (HEE NW) supporting documentation that supports organisations for this process:

If you require any further information, please contact: [email protected] *

*The training hub work with HEE to support you with your applications, but you will need to apply via HEE. 

If you want to ensure you receive the instructions which are being sent to us in January 2022 directly please email [email protected] and also [email protected] to be added to interest list


The Training Hub can support Practices to access apprenticeship route intakes outside of this offer.


Find out about Physician Associates and the apprenticeship here

Employer and Provider Engagement Webinars – 28 October/4 November 2021 HEE are supporting a collaborative, national implementation of the Physician Associate Apprenticeship to ensure apprenticeship provision meets the needs of all employers and potential apprentices. Find out more and book your place here

NHS Leadership Academy’s Upcoming Apprenticeship Webinars: 
  • Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship with the Mary Seacole Programme embedded (next start date Feb 2022). Wednesday 10th Nov 21, 11 – 12. For the link to attend this session please email [email protected]

  • Project Management Degree Level 6 Apprenticeship with optional Mary Seacole Programme (next start date April 2022). Friday 5 Nov 21, 12.30 – 1.30pm. Find out more and book here.

Team Leader (Level 3)

Training 2000
  • Teaching sessions are usually one day a month. The minimum 20% off the job learning is required.
  • Team Leader T2000 Flyer

Associate Project Manager (Level 4)

Provek (NHS Approved)
  • Find out about this programme at one of Provek’s information webinars (book via this link.) 
  • Provek’s upcoming start dates for NHS candidates only are; 9 November 2021, 8 February, 10 May and 12 July 2022. Other intakes are available.
  • Provek – NHS Associate Project Manager flyer

If you are interested in an apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 

Pharmacy Technician (Level 3)

Information will be added soon

Pharmacist (Level 7)

This apprenticeship standard is in the early stages of being explored and no further information is available yet.

If you are interested in this apprenticeship please complete our Expression of Interest Form 

Grow Your Own Workforce


Please find useful updates, employer events and information below 

Expressions of interests for apprenticeships are now encouraged to be made at any time. Due to varying stages of practices and/or candidates, we feel this will be a more helpful approach.

Anyone who is interested in an apprenticeship (for themselves, current member of staff or to recruit for an apprenticeship position) please complete our Expression of Interest form.

Intakes Update

  • Nursing (level 6) and Nursing Associate (level 5) – local universities intakes are usually September and March. The next intake is Jan/March 2022
  • Management and Project Management (Level 3 and Level 5) – various intakes throughout the year depending on provider. The next intake with Training 2000 is March/April 2022. The next intake with Furness College is considered per candidate
  • Senior Health Care Support Worker (Level 3) – local provider intakes are various throughout the year. The next intake with Training 2000 is March 2022
  • Coaching Professional (Level 5) plus Optional Mary Seacole – We are working with local partners for a dedicated NW NHS intake with BPP starting 22 November 2021 (Future intakes are TBC). If you are interested, please express your interest asap but no later than 02/09/21.
    Please see the programme overview for consideration.

If you are interested in any of the above, or another career pathway, please complete the expression of interest form for more details. Suitable intakes will be dependent on practice and/or candidate stages and requirements.

We are happy to announce that we are now running apprenticeship information webinars, per programme. The first of these and links to the Teams meetings are below. They will cover entry requirements (and options if practice/candidate don’t yet meet these), other stages such as finance and applications and will be a great opportunity to ask questions. They are aimed at managers, candidates, candidate assessors/mentors and also useful for anyone wanting to know more about the programme. For those already actively enquiring/applying, Manager attendance is strongly advised.

Please do ask if you would like the Teams meeting sent to you directly so that it will be added to your calendar.

Nursing Associate Apprenticeship

Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships in Management, Advanced Clinical Practice and others TBC (likely October/November)

If you have any queries about any of the above, please contact Olivia Murphy, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Lancashire and South Cumbria Primary Care Training Hub: [email protected]

These sessions are suitable for any person who is responsible for apprenticeships, or who manages, supports, or works with apprentices.

More information and to book here: Apprenticeships Information Webinars Flyer

HEE have organised working groups to provide employers and staff supporting apprentices, the opportunity to be involved in the development of apprenticeship requirements to ensure apprenticeships specifically meet the needs of Primary Care employers and apprentices.   

There are 4 working groups for the following categories and pathways.
All meetings will be 
virtual via Teams.

For more information including how to book on to the first meeting, please click here.

If you can’t attend the first meeting, you can still request to join a group(s) to be kept informed.

Alternatively you can email Olivia your answers/suggestions to the discussion points identified in the flyer, and she will share these with HEE. 

Below is a list of apprenticeships most commonly used in Primary Care:

  • Level 2 And 3 Customer Service (HEE carried out a procurement exercise for the level 2 customer service which is bespoke to NHS and includes elements from level 2 business admin – Primary Care can use this) 
  • Level 3 Business Admin 
  • Level 3 Team Leader 
  • Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager 
  • Level 6 Charter Manager 
  • Level 7 Senior Leader 
  • Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker 
  • Level 3 Senior Health care support Worker 
  • Level 5 Nursing Associate 
  • Level 5 Assistant Practitioner 
  • Level 6 Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship 
  • Level 7 Advanced Clinical Practice 
  • Level 3 Pharmacy Technician 

There are other apprenticeships available such as HR, IT/Digital, and Procurement.  

For information on apprenticeship standards please click here.

Health Education England are delighted to announce funding to support the training of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians (PTPTs) as part of either a cross sector integrated programme or single sector training within community pharmacy. HEE are looking to work with employers to support their development of pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeships nationally across England.

For more information and resources National training offers for pharmacy professionals | Health Education England (

HEE Talent for Care Team is funding access to Online Learning and Online Remote Exams in Functional Skills Level 1 and Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT.  Available to all Primary Care staff and funded for a limited time. See flyer for further details. 

Functional Skills L&SC Flyer

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 will take place from 7 to 13 February. For more information visit the NHS Employers webpage via this link


Let Us Celebrate Together!

Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

If you have an amazing apprentice you wish to celebrate by sharing a few words as recognition for their hard work, or you are an apprentice and wish to highlight someone who has helped you, please email Olivia, and we can Tweet about them via @LSC_TH and share your feedback/story on our website.