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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has launched a range of clinical apprenticeships for local people who want to start a career in healthcare.

Apprentices will gain hands on experience and earn a salary while studying for a health-related degree in one of four areas:

  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • podiatry
  • physiotherapy

One day a week is spent at a leading university with the remaining four days working clinically at a range of locations across Sussex. The university attended will depend on the area of study and the location in which the individual is based and working.

Clinical apprenticeships last between two and four years, depending on previous experience and the programme of study. All tuition fees are covered and individuals are guaranteed a job with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust when they complete their studies.

Each apprenticeship has its own entry requirement but as a minimum all clinical apprenticeships require:

  • Maths and English GCSE grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Maths and English
  • A Level qualifications or Level 3 healthcare-related NVQ, BTEC, Certificate or Diploma
  • the ability to work a minimum of 30 hours a week, Monday to Sunday, including Bank Holidays
  • the ability to travel to university and clinical placements

The apprenticeships are being offered by SCFT’s Learning Academy. It aims to provide career opportunities for people living in local communities and offers support to existing staff who want to progress their careers and gain professional qualifications.

Applications are now open for podiatry and occupational therapy; nursing and physiotherapy will open at the end of February 2023. Successful candidates will join SCFT in summer 2023 with the university teaching element commencing in September 2023. 

Full details, including the minimum entry requirements for each course, application form and answers to frequently asked questions, are on the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust website