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Can nursing degree apprenticeships deliver on their promise?

Despite a faltering start, they offer new opportunities for would-be nurses in England

Despite a faltering start, they offer new opportunities for would-be nurses in England

A nursing apprenticeship has offered a way into a career that was otherwise impossible for Michelle Flannery.

As a single mother of three children, she needed an income and did not want to take on tens of thousands of pounds in debt – so the introduction of tuition fees and the loss of the bursary ruled out traditional degree courses for her.

Ms Flannery, who was working as a healthcare assistant, instead applied for a nursing apprenticeship with her employer Virgin Care, which runs community healthcare services in north Kent.

‘In a sector that is struggling to attract people into the profession, it is opening up the opportunity to a wider talent

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