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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes.

Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers at CUH and are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

As an apprentice you will receive:

  • On the job training and development in your specialist  area
  • 20% off the job training (which can include classroom based learning, portfolio work, project work or observation assessments from an assessor who visits you in the workplace)
  • An apprenticeship Qualification and/or accredited qualification
  • Functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT if required (includes some teaching and an exam)

What will my hours be?

Your hours of work will be 37.5 per week (this includes any time you may need to spend in a classroom or conducting your studies).  If you need to work part time for any reason we will consider this depending upon your circumstances and the role you occupy.

How long will my apprenticeship last?

An apprenticeship will usually last for 13 months up to 4 years depending on the qualification.

How much will I get paid?

Pay is based on area and apprenticeship specialism.

What other benefits will I receive?

  • No college or university debt
  • Opportunity to undertake general in-house training along with specific skills such as interview techniques etc.
  • Extensive pastoral care. The Work Opportunities Team will be part of your support network and will help you at any stage of your apprenticeship, from settling in on your first day to any concerns you may have throughout your apprenticeship.

A job with CUH is not guaranteed after the completion of the apprenticeship contract although a high percentage of apprentices do gain further employment here. You will be offered application and interview training and assistance with job searches towards the end of your apprenticeship.

Is an apprenticeship at CUH right for me?

The Trust and our training providers will fully support you in your apprenticeship but it is important to know that this is an exciting opportunity that you must take full ownership of.  We expect our apprentices to meet the following behaviours:

  • Express a real enthusiasm in wishing to learn about the Trust and the careers available here.
  • Show ability in taking pride in your work and developing your aspirations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to your Apprenticeship qualification, job role, and the Trust’s core values and behaviours. This is explained in more detail below.


At application and interview stage we will be looking for apprentices who understand and show an appreciation of the Trust’s values.