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As one of the largest employers in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust strives to be a trailblazer in recruiting Apprentices and to ‘grow our own’ workforce of the future.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while earning and working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
The difference between and apprentice and an apprenticeship
An apprentice is usually an external applicant who has applied for a position in the trust via an apprenticeship programme.
An apprenticeship is a programme undertaken, usually by internal staff members, for career development reasons.
The NHS is a levy paying organisation which means all our apprenticeships are funded. We can also gift up to 10% of our levy funds to smaller organisations such as GP's or Pharmacies.
How to apply for an apprenticeship
External applicants: in order to complete an apprenticeship here at the royal, an apprenticeship position will need to be available. All our apprenticeships can be found via our job website which is regularly checked and updated. Please see link below:
Internal applicants: all existing staff members looking to complete an apprenticeship within the trust will need to contact the staff development and apprenticeship team for further information.
Hayley was a HCA within our organisation here is her story
''My Matron put me forward for the Assistant Practitioner Foundation degree programme which I completed on an apprenticeship at the University of Derby supported by my employer. I was able to do this whilst I remained in my post and was paid my standard wage. I was a qualified Assistant Practitioner for a year and paid at band 4. An opportunity to top up my foundation degree to a full BSC nursing degree came up and I am proud to say I started doing this in March 2020 via an apprenticeship route too. University of Derby have a campus in Chesterfield where I will be studying and, given that my children are school age now it's the right time to do it! The apprenticeship is full time but it's for 2 years - I really want to do this and I have my family and partner to help. I know it will be full on when its placement time but I am hoping that when I am at University it will be different. When I come back to my ward as a registered nurse I will have more of an in depth knowledge and that's what I am looking forward to. I am enjoying the experiencing of working in different areas of the hospital during placements. It's an amazing opportunity and you are always receiving support from your employer.''