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)

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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

Useful information

Health Education England have a number of tools and guides to show how apprentices may progress from one occupation to another.

The pathways tool lets you create or view different apprenticeship career routes.

The Apprenticeship Standards Factsheets show the variety of apprenticeships available in occupations such as Nursing, Ambulance Services, Allied Health Professions, Radiography and Healthcare Science.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s (IfATE) Occupational Maps show the relationships that exist between education, qualifications, apprenticeships and occupations in England.

If you have any questions about apprenticeships please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to pay for my apprenticeship training?

No, all of your training costs are paid for by Devon Partnership Trust.

Will I have to undertake study in my own time?

Under national guidance, all apprenticeships must allow for you to have 20% off the job training time (so for a full time staff member 1 day a week), however, the expectation is that you will also need to undertake some learning in your own time as well.

I already have a degree, does that mean I am unable to undertake an apprenticeship?

As long as the apprentice undertakes sufficient new learning within their apprenticeship, having a degree or any other qualification does not exclude you from undertaking the apprenticeship.

Assessment of the individual’s prior learning and experience would form part of the recruitment process.

Are apprenticeships just for young people?

No, you do have to be a minimum of 16 years old to start an apprenticeship. However, there is no real upper age limit if you are interested in training in a new career later in life. It is becoming more common now for employers to train up existing members of staff through the apprenticeship route to help further their career development.

What qualification will I gain?

During your apprenticeship programme you will be working towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard.. This is accredited by relevant industry regulatory bodies and will help further you in your chosen career. Depending on the type of programme you enrol onto you may also have the chance to work towards other recognised qualifications and functional skills in maths and English.

Can I get a degree from doing an apprenticeship?

Yes, Higher apprenticeships give you the opportunity to train and study for a foundation degree or even an honours degree. You can also do a Degree Apprenticeship to study towards either a Bachelors or Master’s degree. During your degree apprenticeship, you will be required to study part-time with a University.

Would I be an employee during my apprenticeship?

Yes, as an apprentice you have the same employment rights as a substantive member of staff. The only difference is you may have a contractual end date to your employment, training programme once you have completed your apprenticeship, however, this is the exception.

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete dependent on the level being undertaken. Level 2 apprenticeship takes on average 15 months to complete, whereas a Level 6 or 7 degree apprenticeship can take between three and four years to complete.

Why should I choose an apprenticeship over University?

Apprenticeships take a more practical approach to learning than University. You will focus on training for a specific career and develop skills, knowledge and understanding by actually doing the job. You will gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to apply your skills immediately. You will also not incur University fees!

Do Apprenticeships have entry requirements?

It depends on the level, the Trust and the training providers will ask for a certain level of numeracy and literacy and may require you to have qualifications or certain experience as part of the entry criteria.

What types of apprenticeships are available?

There are three levels of Apprenticeship:

Level 2: Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (equivalent to five GCSEs)

Level 3: Advanced Level Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A-Levels)

Level 4, 5 and 6: Higher Apprenticeship (Foundation degree level)

How do I apply?

All of our apprenticeships are advertised on NHS jobs.

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.

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