Exclusive: nursing degree apprenticeships stalled by education changes and funding

Only 30 nurse apprentices will begin university courses this September, well below the 1,000 a year predicted by the government, in a delay caused by funding issues and changes in education standards.

Only 30 nurse apprentices will begin university courses this September, well below the 1,000 a year predicted by the government, in a delay caused by funding issues and changes in education standards

Just 30 nurse apprentices are due to begin university courses in September, a figure that falls far short of the 1,000 a year predicted by the government once the scheme is fully established.

Funding issues and a radical overhaul of education standards are causing universities to delay beginning to run the new nursing degree apprenticeships, the RCN says.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt unveiled the paid training role last November, championing it as a way of helping healthcare assistants and others reach their potential as a fully trained nurse from September this year.


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