NHS Business Support Apprenticeship NW Skills Development Network

NHS organisations across the North West are currently looking to recruit apprentices onto the NHS Business Support Apprenticeship as part of a two year programme of learning, commencing in October 2017.

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Mon - Fri

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    2 years

  • Possible start date

    24 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    31 Mar 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    20 available

NHS Business Support Apprenticeship
Location: Greater Manchester

Salary: Work Preparation Programme - unwaged
Year 1 - minimum apprenticeship wage (£6,881)
Year 2 - increase to £7,500

All training related travel expenses will be paid by the employer

Hours: 37.5 per week, Mon-Fri
27 days annual leave per year plus Bank Holidays

NHS organisations across the North West are currently looking to recruit apprentices onto the NHS Business Support Apprenticeship, a two year programme of learning commencing in October 2017 offering opportunities in the following areas of work:

  • Business Support
  • Information Governance
  • Clinical Coding
  • Libraries
  • Accounting
  • Procurement
  • IT
  • Project Support
  • Data & Information
  • Training Support

In the first year apprentices will undertake the Level 2 IT Application Specialist Apprenticeship, including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualifications in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook in order to develop high-end IT user skills as a strong foundation for their future role.  In addition, learning will also be undertaken in basic Bookkeeping, Accounting and Procurement to aid understanding in how money moves around the NHS which will assist with future career progression.

In the second year apprentices will undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship relevant to their area of work, including industry recognised qualifications, so that they can develop technical knowledge and skills for a specific role ie. Assistant Accountant, IT Infrastructure Technician.

Complete a Work Preparation Programme involving employability skills training and two week's work experience in a health organisation during September 2017, as close as possible to where they live.  At the end of the Work Preparation Programme individuals will be interviewed with those successful being offered an apprenticeship.

For the duration of the two year apprenticeship, individuals will be placed in a specific department depending on their area of interest ie. Finance, IT, Information, Training in order to develop knowledge and skills in their chosen area.

Further information on careers in the NHS can be found at:




Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Highly motivated
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good Microsoft Office Skills

Personal qualities

  • Good time keeping
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willing to learn

Qualifications required

4 GCSEs A*-C (including English and Maths)

Future prospects

There is an opportunity to begin a successful career in the NHS for the right candidate.

About the employer

The NHS was launched in 1948. It was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – a principle that remains at its core. With the exception of some charges, such as prescriptions and optical and dental services, the NHS in England remains free at the point of use for anyone who is a UK resident. That is currently more than 64.1 million people in the UK and 53.9 million people in England alone.The NHS in England deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours. It covers everything from antenatal screening and routine screenings such as the NHS Health Check and treatments for long-term conditions, to transplants, emergency treatment and end-of-life care.


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Training provider

Apprentices will be employed on a full time, fixed-term contract attending training in Blackburn, Liverpool or Manchester which will depend on an apprentice’s home/work address. 

During the first year training will be day release whereas in the second year it will be either day or block release depending on the programme of study being undertaken.

Apprenticeship framework

IT Application Specialist

Training provider

Estio Training

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Estio Technology Recruitment Ltd


Faye Brown 01133 500 333 NHS@estio.co.uk

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2017