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Healthcare apprenticeships: busting myths and realising benefits

In the first of a two-part series on healthcare apprenticeships, Angelo Varetto looks at what apprenticeships can bring to an NHS team and addresses the controversy surrounding them
Apprenticeships

In the first of a two-part series on healthcare apprenticeships, Angelo Varetto looks at what apprenticeships can bring to an NHS team and addresses the controversy surrounding them

In April, the apprenticeship levy was introduced, meaning all organisations with a pay bill exceeding £3 million must contribute. This legislative overhaul has seen a growing number of apprentices in the NHS in England, where historically the training method has been rarely used.

Hand-in-hand with the new legislation has come the removal of student bursaries. This means the prospect of getting paid a wage while training, and avoiding student debt repayments, has become more appealing to many looking for a career in nursing.

Criticism

Undue criticism has been aimed at apprenticeships in the nursing profession, which

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