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As a large local employer, Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust understands the benefits to our organisation, and to the communities we serve, of recruiting apprentices into our workforce. We see apprenticeships as a means to:

  • Develop the skills of local people
  • Bring young people into the workforce and harness fresh new talent
  • Involve the local community in the delivery of local services
  • Train the organisation’s current workforce and grow our workforce of the future

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are integrated work based training and development programmes, designed around the needs of employers, reflecting knowledge and competencies required in the workplace and leading to nationally accredited qualifications. 

They are seen by the Government as key to supporting future skills development and national economic recovery. 

Apprentices work towards qualifications that make up a ‘framework’ that typically consists of: 

  • A competency based award e.g. QCF Certificate, Diploma (NVQ)
  • A knowledge based qualification known as a ‘Technical Certificate’
  • Key/ Functional Skills 
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities  

Apprentice contracts must be for a minimum of 30 hours a week and for a minimum period:

  • 12 months for a Level 2 apprenticeship 
  • 18 months for a Level 3 apprenticeship

The Trust follows national guidelines regarding apprentice rates of pay.

Opportunities at Derby Teaching Hospitals

At DHFT we have recruited a number of apprentices into a range of exciting clinical and non-clinical positions. The frameworks selected must reflect their area of work and at DTHFT this has included: 

  • Accounting (AAT)
  • Business and Administration
  • Clinical Healthcare Support
  • Customer Service
  • Engineering Manufacture
  • IT & Telecoms Professionals
  • Pathology Support
  • Pharmacy Service Skills


Whilst we have highlighted the frameworks above, we do recognise that there are over 80 apprentice frameworks relevant to a wide range of NHS staff roles.  

Useful links:

DHFT apprentice vacancies are advertised on the Government’s GOV.UK website: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

For further information on all types of apprenticeships and how to apply:  www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

For information and resources around the wide variety of careers available in the NHS: www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

For advice on career pathways into the NHS for 14-19 year olds, plus a career mapping tool and information on Apprenticeships, Work Experience and personal case studies: www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk