Develop your career with an apprenticeship at Devon Partnership NHS Trust

You can start an apprenticeship with us whether you’re starting your career, want a career change or you're upskilling in your current job at Devon Partnership NHS Trust. You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship.

Many people don’t realise that you can use apprenticeships to develop leadership and management expertise too.

We offer a variety of clinical and non-clinical apprenticeships for new employees and for our existing staff in a range of services across the whole of Devon.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a great way to earn while you learn. You’ll get hands on experience of working in the NHS, while studying for a nationally recognised qualification to kick start your career. As part of the apprenticeship you will take part in a structured development programme, which includes the following:

  • On-the-job training and development in your team 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 and/or accredited qualification
  • Functional skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, if required (includes some teaching and an exam)

Why become an apprentice?

  • Start your career in the NHS
  • Earn a wage while you learn
  • Paid annual leave (27 days) and bank holidays
  • Receive training and support while in post
  • Receive a thorough induction and regular review sessions
  • Have 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 here and in the wider NHS
  • NHS and student discounts

Different types of apprenticeships

If you have any questions about apprenticeships please email

Healthcare Apprenticeships

We know that working in a team and having the right support available is important to providing the best quality care for people using our services, as well as being important for your own health and wellbeing.

Our mental health and learning disability services cover the whole of Devon with opportunities in our community and inpatient settings.

  • EXETER: Health and Wellbeing Clinic, community teams, inpatient services, home to The Haldon Eating Disorder Service, The Cedars, West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic.
  • NORTH DEVON: Mental health and learning disability teams in Barnstaple, Bideford, Ilfracombe and wards at North Devon District Hospital.
  • EAST AND MID DEVON: Mental health and learning disability teams in Exmouth, Honiton, Tiverton, Crediton.
  • SOUTH AND WEST DEVON: Community teams in Ivybridge, Okehampton, Tavistock, Totnes. Secure services in Dawlish.
  • TORBAY: Health and Wellbeing Clinic, community teams and wards at Torbay Hospital.

Find your role

Supporting you at every step in your career

Wherever you choose to work you’re sure to find a home you’ll love. From the bustle of Exeter and Barnstaple to the picturesque villages surrounding the moors – wherever you’d like the perfect worklife balance you’ll find it here.

Living in Devon

Local information

Famous for

Exeter has the narrowest street in the world – Parliament Street. It’s very narrow - 0.64 metres! And 1.22 metres wide. In 1836 residents paid to have the street widened – the council have yet to do it.

Areas of interest

Devon is home to the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in East Devon. It’s free to visit the many donkeys living here and there’s a restaurant on site and donkey themed gift shop – making it a great day out.


Devon has many wonderful beaches, whether that's the rugged coast of North Devon, famous for surfing, or its more gentle east and south coast where paddle boarding and kite surfing, amongst other activities are extremely popular.