What is an apprentice?

Any age, any grade, apprenticeships are about earning and learning on the job at the same time. Under the national scheme 20% of an apprentice’s time must be off the front line of their role, which can mean 1:1 coaching in the hospital, learning new skills in the work environment or it can mean a day a week at university.

Why does it matter to QVH?

Since April 2017 we have been investing 0.5% of our pay budget in apprentices. This is a national levy and we want to use it to build QVH’s reputation as a great place to develop.

Why does it matter to me?

This is about career development in existing roles not just apprentice Health Care Assistants and admin roles. Apprentices can be working towards degree level qualifications.

Where can I find out more?

Any questions email

Meet one of our apprentices – Amanda

Amanda is our facilities supervisor, who is progressing her career through an apprenticeship. She explains more: “When I started at QVH four years ago, the thought of doing an apprenticeship didn’t cross my mind. After my line manager suggested enrolling on the level 3 hospitality supervisor course, I’ve found it’s been a great way to increase my experience, knowledge and confidence. I love learning but hadn’t done an exam since I left school so completing my Level 2 Maths and English which I needed for my course was a bit of an eye opener! Now I’m over a year into my apprenticeship I’ve found what I’m learning is helping my work and I really feel like I’m achieving things. Being organised is key for me, I try and do a little bit of study each day, that way it doesn’t feel like a lot and I can fit it in with work and home life. I’m already looking at what short courses I can do next – I’ve got the learning bug!”

Meet one of our apprentices – John

John is a catering assistant, working in our onsite restaurant. He explains why he’s chosen the apprenticeship route for further study: “I started my level 2 production chef apprenticeship a few months ago. I had been working in the kitchen here at the hospital as a catering assistant for less than a year when I was offered the opportunity to do this course. I was very surprised and pleased to have been chosen. I have washed dishes and done some food preparation before but wanted to grow and learn new skills. Although I have not studied for a while, I’m not scared to learn and want to achieve. I can come in early and practice skills in the kitchen – it helps me learn faster – and I work with a good team who want me to do well. Developing my skills is the best part – who knows I may be a head chef in the future.”