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Become an apprentice

Leaving school and not sure where to go next? Thinking about changing careers but need guidance on where to start? A Modern Apprenticeship will help you unlock your potential and learn the knowledge and skills for a successful career.

Start your NHS career with a Modern Apprenticeship

Becoming a Modern Apprentice is a great way to start your career. You'll be employed by an NHSScotland Board while you work towards an industry-recognised qualification with a college or learning provider. 

You can apply for a Modern Apprenticeship if you're 16 or older.

Modern Apprenticeship facts

What you need to know about becoming a Modern Apprentice in NHSScotland:

  • entry requirements include National 4, National 5 or Higher qualifications, depending on the role
  • your qualification will be accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, so you can be sure your training and knowledge are up to date
  • it could take you up to 4 years to complete your Modern Apprenticeship, depending on the level

You'll be paid at least the Scottish Living Wage. All our vacancies include salary information.

Find the right Modern Apprenticeship for you

There are lots of different Modern Apprenticeship opportunities in the NHS.

You could be a theatre support worker helping to prepare patients for a general anaesthetic before surgery. The Technical Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services will help you get the experience and skills you'll need as a pharmacy technician. A Business Administration Modern Apprenticeship is an opportunity for you to develop your communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills in an office setting.

Modern Apprenticeship Programmes

Modern Apprenticeship programmes available in NHSScotland include:

  • Business Administration
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Dental Nursing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Healthcare Support
  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Life Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacy

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Visit our recruitment website to find a Modern Apprenticeship opportunity that could kick start your career in the NHS.

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