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Apprenticeships are a key way for people to learn on the job, both for new starters to the NHS and for existing members of staff, allowing learners the opportunity to gain a qualification and apply their learning while continuing to earn a salary.

We offer apprenticeship opportunities for a number of different roles, these provide an excellent opportunity if you are looking to start a career in the NHS. Currently we have apprentices undertaking work in clinical support, administration and pharmacy, and many more will soon be available.

Benefits of being an NHS Apprentice

  • Start your career in the NHS
  • Earn a wage while you learn
  • Paid annual leave (27 days) per annum pro rata and bank holidays
  • Receive training and support in post
  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions
  • You will be designated a mentor to support you and help guide your apprenticeship
  • Learn job-specific skills working alongside experienced staff
  • Hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment
  • Gain exposure to the vast array of job and career opportunities at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and the wider NHS
  • NHS discounts via
  • NUS student discounts including cheaper bus fares and other retailers

What our apprentices say

“Starting an apprenticeship in the NHS was the perfect stepping stone to getting my dream career” – Robbie

How to apply

Apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on NHS Jobs and the Find an apprenticeship site.  You will need to register on NHS jobs where you can then complete the application form to apply for the apprenticeship.

There is no set time when an apprenticeship is advertised, and once an opportunity is available it will usually be advertised for two weeks. Once the advert has closed, if your application has been successful you will be invited for an interview, this will usually be sent to the email address you provided when you registered.

After your interview you will be notified whether or not you have been offered the position. If you have been offered the position we will begin the pre-employment checks and confirm a start date.

Once you have started, the Training Provider will come and meet with you and your line manager to discuss the apprenticeship programme that has been tailored to meet the requirements of the job role and your needs.

Existing staff should contact the Learning and Development team for guidance on applicable apprenticeship training for their role.

Does your SME/charity/social enterprise directly support the health and wellbeing of our patients or staff? Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is currently able to share apprenticeship levy funds with other employers to support the training of existing staff or new recruits. Please contact the team at to discuss your options.