Modern Apprenticeships might be right for you if you prefer to learn from hands-on experience, and would prefer part time rather than full time study. Being able to earn while you learn is another plus point.
The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support is available at the following levels:
You would choose either the clinical or non-clinical pathway.
In the clinical pathway you would learn about procedures involved with looking after patients of all ages and carrying out simple tests, communicating effectively with patients and also how to set-up, operate and maintain medical equipment.
In the non-clinical pathway you would develop the skills and knowledge to provide support for areas such as dealing with appointments and medical records, providing catering services to patients and ensuring that the hospital environment is clean and safe.
Anyone living in Scotland who is over school leaving age can apply. Sometimes employers set an upper age limit, as the Scottish Government doesn’t always fund training for those aged over 24.
You would check this with individual employers.
This depends on the industry, level of apprenticeship and the employer’s requirements.
It could range from no formal entry requirements to a group of subjects at National 4 or 5. For Technical Apprenticeships you may need some subjects at Higher.
They may also look for some work experience or volunteering work you’ve done that demonstrates core skills, such as communication.
You will be able to see details in vacancies advertised.
You will achieve the relevant Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ), Diploma or other competency based qualification. In addition, you work towards core skills and complete industry specific training.
Most Modern Apprenticeships take between 2 – 4 years to complete. This depends on the industry and the level you are completing.
If you start an apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6, you may be able to progress to a higher level, if available. You could also progress into a related job.
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To search for vacancies and to apply, go to www.apprenticeships.scot.