Learn and gain experience at the same time

Apprenticeships are part of our commitment to employing a diverse workforce. Working with our local education partners we provide nationally recognised learning and development programmes, and access to wider in-house learning options.

What are apprenticeships?

  • apprenticeships offer structured training with BCUHB and lead to nationally recognised qualifications
  • they provide a route into hundreds of different careers, including many in organisations providing NHS healthcare
  • apprenticeships can take anything from one to four years to complete
  • they are open to anyone from the age of 16
  • apart from learning in the workplace, you may go on day or block release to a training centre or college
  • you work towards a competence qualification (based on what you can do in the workplace) and a knowledge qualification, or a qualification combining both elements
  • you will develop your skills, including English and maths
  • if you are aged 16 to 18 or 19+ and in your first year of an apprenticeship, you should receive at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices £3.40 an hour (as at October 2016). Otherwise you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for your age. 

Who are we looking for?

  • Provide Care that puts our patients first to improve the care and experience our patients receive
  • Shows Compassion and humanity: demonstrating empathy, respect and dignity for our patients and staff
  • Is willing to develop the Competence required for your apprentice role
  • Is able to listen and Communicate openly and honestly with our patients and staff
  • Has the Courage to do the right thing: whether that is speaking up if you have any concerns or be brave enough to try new ways of working, learning and innovating
  • Is Committed to working together with our patients and staff


Types of apprenticeships

We offer various apprenticeships including: Accountancy, Administration, Health Care Support Worker, Estates and Facilities Services to name but a few. We are working towards developing new apprenticeship pathways all the time.

What ’s the programme of study?

You will complete the appropriate QCF Apprenticeship Framework for your role. This will include vocational on the job assessment, technical certificates, digital communication, numeracy and literacy. Our partner education providers will support you along with your BCUHB work team.

BCUHB, what about progression?

Like all apprenticeships at BCUHB, we cannot guarantee a permanent position at the end of the apprentice programme. However, we can provide you with valuable, transferable skills, qualifications and—most importantly—experience that will serve as a spring board to a future career. Past apprentices have benefitted from this and gone onto a variety of roles both within BCUHB and the wider community.

How do I find out more?

All apprentice position will be advertised via NHS Jobs and the Careers Wales Apprentice Matching Service.

You can also email the BCU.ApprenticeOpportunities@wales.nhs.uk if you have any further questions.