National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Date: 08 February 2021

Time: 08:00

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, highlighting the wonderful work of both apprentices and their employers across the country. This year, the week runs from Monday 8 February to Sunday 14 February, and has an additional emphasis on how everyone has stepped up in response to the challenges of the pandemic. The official theme is #BuildTheFuture, encouraging everyone to consider how apprenticeships help people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to build a rewarding career.

Apprenticeships combine paid work with practical training. As an apprentice, you earn a wage and receive holiday pay, while studying for at least 20% of your working hours, usually at a college or university, or with a registered training provider. Your course fees are paid with no cost to you, funded by the government and your employer.

It takes 1-6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is, and your previous experience. Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England, aged 16 or over, who is not already in full time education, and they’re a great way to either kick-start your career, or upskill in your chosen profession.

At Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), we offer a broad range of apprenticeship opportunities, both clinical and non-clinical, from Level 2 (GSCE level) all the way up to Level 7 (master’s degree level). Subjects on offer include Business and Administration, Finance and Procurement, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Leadership and Management, and Mechanical Engineering, and more courses are being developed all the time.

If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships at SCFT, please visit our Ways to work with us page and click on the “Apprenticeships” tab.

For more information about the national apprenticeships scheme, visit