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Readers’ panel: Is investment in nursing degree apprenticeships value for money?

NHS Employers reveals cost of training apprentices is far higher than undergraduate nurses
Nursing degree apprentice in training

NHS Employers evidence shows the cost to individual organisations of training a nursing degree apprentice is £137,392 over four years, compared with £78,000 to train a nurse at undergraduate level over three years, as quoted in the 2015 Shape of Caring report. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Grant Byrne is a nursing student in Edinburgh @GGByrne

The appeal of nursing degree apprenticeships is obvious: they allow employers to use students as an extra pair of hands and students get to earn while they are studying. Whether this route will prove as effective as the university model remains to be seen, but I believe that the funds used to create it would have been better spent on improving access to the existing route. University education

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