Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provides integrated community and mental health, learning disability and social care services of the highest standard due to our continued commitment to quality and service improvement. We aim to support people of all ages to achieve the very best they can for their health and well being. CPFT is looking to recruit its future workforce and as part of this we are looking for candidates that are interested in joining our apprenticeship scheme where you will get the opportunity to earn while you learn.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great way to earn whilst you learn. You will receive on the job training, experience combined with studying to achieve a national recognised qualification that will assist you in your future career.

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As part of the apprenticeship you will undertake a set qualifications known as a framework:

National Vocational Qualification Level 2 - these are work-based competence qualifications, meaning that you train for them in the workplace, rather than in a classroom.
Technical Certificate - the technical certificate covers everything that you need to know in order to do your job. These are classroom-based awards, generally taken on a day release basis. It gives you a background to all the stuff you'll be doing in practice.
Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT - teaches you how maths, English and ICT applies to the workplace. If you have GCSE or equivalent maths, English and ICT at grade E you are exempt from undertaking these certificates.
Employer Rights and Responsibilities - this certificate is achieved by completing a workbook to demonstrate your understanding of your occupation, the industry in which you work and the sector in which your organisation operates.
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - this certificate is achieved by documenting examples of where you have demonstrated the following:

  • Independent enquirer
  • Creative thinker
  • Reflective learner
  • Team worker
  • Self-manager
  • Effective participant

The college provides the knowledge and develops skills. CPFT (the employer) provides the practical experience to put those skills into practice. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in the workplace, depending on the subject.

George and IanApprenticeships available at CPFT:

Business Administration
Administrators can work in a number of environments these could be a hospital, community clinic or an office. You might be the first person a patient meets when they enter the hospital or clinic. You could be working behind the scenes ensuring the right information is available in the right place, at the right time to meet service needs. You will be working closely with doctors, healthcare professionals, and other administrators. You will support teams to provide an efficient and effective clerical, administrative and secretarial support service. Working in administration requires good organisational skills, strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail.
Clinical Healthcare Support / Health and Social Care
You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to support doctors, nurses, Allied Health Professionals and clinical support staff when they provide healthcare. You will working in either ward environment or a community setting providing support and care for patients with mental and physical health needs and support the patients carer. It can include anything from helping patients get dressed, taking them shopping, serving food, making and changing their beds. Under the supervision of a trained staff members you will carry out tasks as directed to deliver high quality care and support to patients and their carers’, using a person centered approach in the promotion of their well-being and recovery. 

Benefits of being an apprentice:

  • Start your career in NHS
  • Earn a wage while you learn
  • Paid annual leave (27 days) and bank holidays
  • Receive training and support in post
  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions
  • You will be designated a mentor to support you and help guide your apprenticeship
  • Learn job-specific skills working alongside experienced staff
  • Hands-on training gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and helps you to gain more confidence in a working environment
  • Gain exposure to the vast array of job and career opportunities at CPFT and the wider NHS
  • NHS discounts including discounts at Nandos, Dorothy Perkins, Dominos and online NHS discounts (
  • NUS student discounts including cheaper bus fares and other retailers

Meet Aimee Clements

Aimee is an Administration Assistant at Oaktree Centre, Huntingdon in the District Nursing team.

How did you get into your current role? What experience and qualifications did you need? What attracted you to apply?
Before starting my apprenticeship I did two years at sixth form where I studied law, English language and psychology. Once my two years at sixth form ended I decided to start an apprenticeship where I can work and gain another qualification alongside my job. I had customer service experience and some work experience as a nursing assistant which helped me a lot in the duties I undertook during my apprenticeship. Business and administration is something I had always been interested in as it covers so many different areas, such as mental health. This made me love my job so much as I was gaining so much knowledge in both admin and mental health which really helped me progress in my job role. Because of all of the knowledge and experience I gained as an apprentice, this then allowed me to progress as a band 2 administrator with a different team where I am now progressing onto a band 3 administrator.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day in the office is very busy which makes team work essential. Time management and forward planning is very important in the office to manage your workload and to meet all of your deadlines. It can be very challenging when you have a lot of work coming in but seeing the outcomes, such as compliments about your work from patients and members of staff, makes it worthwhile

What are your future career plans? How has/will this apprenticeship be beneficial to these plans? Do you have any further professional development activities or qualifications planned?
Undertaking an apprenticeship has helped me so much. Not only have I gained new qualifications, experience and knowledge but I’ve also learned a huge amount about what areas of admin I would like to progress in. Starting as an apprentice and working my way up to a band 2 and now working to progress to a band 3 really motivates me towards my job role. I am currently looking for other courses I can enrol in as my apprenticeship really helped me in my admin role and gave me a lot of understanding in what admin involves.

What skills/qualities are important to have to do your job? What qualifications have/will you gain whilst working in your role?
When I first started my administration role in September 2015 I had basic IT skills and a lot of customer service experience. Since starting I have gained so many new skills which I have progressed further in such as learning new systems, clinical customer service skills and lots of clinical knowledge to help towards my job role when I action referrals and receive telephone calls from patients.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship in your area of work? If you were to summarise the main skills/attributes or qualities needed for this role into 3 words, what would they be?
I would 100% recommend taking on an apprenticeship with CPFT. Three words I would use to describe the qualities and skills I have gained since doing my apprenticeship are: structured, knowledge and methodical.

Meet George Sim:

George is an Administrator based at Ida Darwin, Fulbourn Cambridge in the Learning and Development team.

What service(s) does your team provide?
My library is within the Learning and Development team, which specialises in creating, organising and executing learning courses for CPFT staff. The team has a divisional structure, which is divided into five departments; Clinical Placements and Preceptorship, Mandatory Training, Health and Social Care, Care Certificate and Information and Libraries, which is the department I’m in, along with two other colleagues.

How long have you been in your current role and how did you get there?
I am currently on my sixth month of my fixed-term contract working as an administrator for Learning and Development team. Before CPFT, I did some voluntary work at Burwell Museum and Anglesey Abbey. I did audit work at museum. At Anglesey Abbey, I checked and recorded meter readings around the grounds. I was searching for some jobs available, when I came across the Business Administration apprentice position at CPFT. I felt this would be up my alley seeing how I had a previous work experience working at the Newmarket Library. I filled out the application for the position and within a few days I was asked to attend an interview. I attended the interview, keeping in mind what is involved in the job and the visions and values of CPFT.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to someone else and why?
I would highly recommend it, because not only would it develop your skills, experience and knowledge whilst working on a daily basis; but this is the best opportunity to progress further into what you would like to do career-wise. I personally think this is an appropriate option for any undergraduate to truly experience what the world of work is like in terms of structure, time, tasks, teamwork, etc.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship? If you were to summarise the main skills/attributes or qualities needed for this role into three words, what would they be?
Whilst in an apprenticeship, the most important thing is to always try your best. An apprenticeship is designed to show you what you are capable of if you are unsure about something, you can always ask someone, whether it would be your manager or a colleague; they can provide help when needed. If you treat colleagues the way you would like to be treated they would do the same to you. The main skills and qualities that are essential for an apprenticeship, in my opinion, would be respect, perseverance and ask/question.

What are your future career plans? How has/will this apprenticeship be beneficial to these plans? Do you have any further professional development activities or qualifications planned?
Hopefully I may be able to progress to a similar role within CPFT or failing that another job role within the library/admin sector. Now that I have completed my apprenticeship I have gained skills that I didn’t have prior to this and will likely get a similar position as a result.

Do you have any hobbies/ interests? How have they helped in your career? What things help you to maintain a healthy work-life balance?
I do like to read both fictional and non-fictional books, which considering how I am currently working in a library shows how passionate I am about this particular hobby. With the help of my Outlook work calendar and some time to get used to the working routine, I have learned to gradually maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Meet Mitchell Brookes-Jones:

Mitchell is an HR Administrator in the HR team and is based at Block 14, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn

How long have you been in your current role and how did you get there?
I have worked for CPFT since October 2014. I started with the temporary staffing service (bank). I was then offered an Apprenticeship in Workforce Development within the HR team to then be promoted to HR Administrator. Before I worked at CPFT I was studying at CRC. Whilst completing my apprenticeship in the Workforce Development team I was promoted to HR Administrator before I finished my apprenticeship. For this role i needed Level 2 NVQ Business and Administration and GCSEs in English and Maths. I was already apart of the team and enjoyed working with HR. The HR Admin role also gives me a chance to work in other areas of HR.

What service(s) does your team provide?
Internally we provide support to managers for recruitment, support to all staff for health and wellbeing, rotas for doctors, we also provide hearings and appeals for staff going through disciplinaries, sickness and capability cases.

What do you normally wear to work? Is there a reason for this?
A smart top with a jumper and black jeans. I like to feel comfortable and presentable at the same time.

What is a typical day like?
A typical day would include, managing the workforce information Inbox where I get queries regarding Electronic Staff Records, positions, DBS checks. I also manage Nest Pensions and a number of reports including revalidation, Clinical Psychologists, and professional registrations. The best bit is working in such a friendly and caring organisation.

Would you recommend an apprenticeship to someone else and why?
Yes. It teaches you a lot especially when your young and have just come from college. It taught me so many skills about what it’s really like to work. It taught me responsibility, maturity and organisational skills.

What are your future career plans? How has/will this apprenticeship be beneficial to these plans? Do you have any further professional development activities or qualifications planned?
I don’t know what I want to do next but I would like to think that I could do much more then what I could before I did my apprenticeship.

How to apply:Bethany, Nicola and Angie

Our apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service and NHS Jobs. To apply you will need to register on NHS jobs or Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service where you can then complete the application form to apply for the apprenticeship.

There is no set time when an apprenticeship is advertised. Once an apprenticeship is available it will be advertised for usually two weeks. Once the advert has closed and if your application has been successful you will be invited for an interview. This will usually be sent to the e-mail address you provided when you registered. After your interview you will be notified whether or not you have been offered the position. If you have been offered the position we will begin the pre-employment checks and confirm a start date. Once you have started, the college will come and meet with you and your line manager to discuss the apprenticeship programme that has been tailored to meet the requirements of the job role and your needs.

Below you will find the job description / person specification for some of our apprenticeship opportunities. Should you be interested in applying for one of these apprenticeships please complete the application form below and state within the 'Supporting Information' section of your application your apprenticeship preference and location. The completed application form should be sent to:

If you have any questions regarding apprenticeships please call the Widening Participation Officer on 01223 884296.

The page was last updated on 25 April 2017 by andrea.bateman.

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