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

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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 email 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.

Links to our current apprenticeship vacancies can be found below:

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 30 January 2017 by andrea.bateman.

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