Applying to be an NHS apprentice

Top tips for your NCH&C apprenticeship application




Apprenticeships have many benefits, one of the biggest is that as well as offering training, an apprenticeship is a paid job. Applying for an apprenticeship is exactly like applying for a job so you need to give it some proper thought. Here are our top tips to help your application stand out:

  1. There are apprenticeships out there to suit every skill set. If you have done your research and decided that a career in healthcare is what you want, there are many different types and levels of apprenticeship you can do. If you would like to know more about the different apprenticeships we offer at NCH&C, click here.
  2. Make sure that you research the apprenticeship you’re applying for thoroughly. This is important for the application and the interview. Our helpful Talent For Care team are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our apprenticeships and the application process. Give us a call on 01603 272592 / 272593 or email: careerdevelopment@nchc.nhs.uk
  3. Think about the different experiences, hobbies, and interests you have and how they relate to the skills and experience you need for the apprenticeship you are applying for. Always try to match your experience and skills to those the employer is asking for for in their job description.
  4. Always adapt your application to the role you’re applying for. Each application will need to be different, depending on the job description. Try to link your experience and skills with what they are asking for as part of the apprenticeship. For example, for a healthcare role you could talk about experience you have had in caring for someone.
  5. Think about your top qualities. This can sometimes be tricky but it’s important you know how to sell yourself. Teachers, friends, colleagues and family could help you to list your three top qualities.
  6. Talk about what you’re good at and why. Maybe you were the captain of the school team in which you had to develop leadership and teamwork skills, or you took on extra responsibilities in a job you had which showed initiative and enthusiasm to learn.
  7. Application forms for apprenticeships are very similar to job applications so remember to give examples. If you say you are a good communicator you should be able to evidence it ie “I was on the school council” or “I represented my team on a work forum”
  8. Proof read your application thoroughly and ask someone else to have a look too. It is important to not have spelling mistakes and typos. People may also think of things that you may have missed too.

For more useful information on apprenticeships see the links below: