Apprenticeships

You might think you don’t have the right qualifications or experience to work in one of our hospitals, but we have a range of roles for people just like you.

Community Works for Health Programme

If you live in an area close to one of our hospital sites, we can help you get  Annex 21 apprenticeship job through the Community Work for Health Programme. The programme offers  bespoke pre-employability training and priority access to apprenticeship vacancies.

To qualify for the programme you must meet the following criteria:

  • over 16 years old
  • resident in the UK / EU for the past 3 years
  • resident of one of the East London boroughs: Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and City of London
  • should be at GCSEs level in Maths and English

Come along to one of our Information Days to find out more. If you pass the functional skills (Maths and English) assessment, you can join our short programme and an optional placement to access apprenticeships at Barts Health.

To apply for the programme please email us your CV. 

Types of apprenticeships

Admin Apprenticeship

Our medical team couldn’t function without good administrators working behind the scenes. You’ll have the opportunity to work towards qualifications such as Business Administration or Customer Service.

Estates and Facilities Apprenticeship

We offer apprenticeships in Facilities Management (looking after the buildings) including electrical and mechanical at levels 3.

Pharmacy Apprenticeship

Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants (also known as Pharmacy Assistant Technical Officers ATO) supply, prepare and dispense medicines and products under the supervision of a registered Pharmacist. While most of them work in community pharmacies, many work in the Hospital Pharmacy Service.

The Pharmacy apprenticeship programme consists of the BTEC Leval 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science and NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills. You will receive extensive training and support from a range of Pharmacy staff to help you gain the relevant knowledge and skills. Once you have completed the course you will be qualified as a Pharmacy Assistant (ATO). Following this there are pathway options to go on to become a Senior Pharmacy Assistant (SATO) or to complete the Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician course to become a registered Pharmacy Technician.

To check our current apprenticeship vacancies please go to our vacancy webpage.

Read our apprenticeship case studies

Shannon McGing

Shannon McGing

Shannon McGing is junior facilities manager, and apprenticeship champion for the trust. She is based at Whipps Cross University Hospital.

“With the rise of the tuition fees, and no real opportunity to gain experience whilst at university, for me the apprenticeship route was a place for me to learn, work and also get paid – like a real job. The best of all worlds!

“I always wanted to work in a hospital, and when I saw the apprenticeship opportunity at Barts Health, I jumped at the chance. The application process was simple, and following my interview they called me the same day!

“At first I was based at The Royal London Hospital, then I moved to Whipps Cross where I met my mentor, Anita. Having a mentor is fantastic, Anita supports me throughout my apprenticeship and I learn so much from her, she guides me if ever I am unsure.

“Working within facilities at Whipps Cross is a challenge, but I like it! The building is quite old, which means we are very busy, however the site has so much character and history. You are given as much responsibility as the others in the team, you are treated no differently to those in full time positions.

Balancing  the time you spend studying, and working is quite easy.  The team gave me time during the working day to complete my work if needed, it was helpful to have them around too if I got stuck. In my first year I achieved my Level 3 NVQ, and I’m now working on my Level 4 NVQ, which is equivalent to a degree!

If anyone was thinking of becoming an apprentice I would say go for it! I love my job, the people and the experiences it brings, I feel prepared for my working future, which I hope to continue at Barts Health”

Rubina Chaudry

Rubina Chaudry

Rubina Chaudry is a cancer performance apprentice at The Royal London Hospital, her role involves analysing data, ensuring that patients get the right treatment at the right time

“My apprenticeship year was originally supposed to be a gap year before going to university, however I love working here and I’m getting experience alongside a qualification – I now see it as a better option that university.

“I have always been in interested in health policy, and I enjoy maths so the cancer performance role is perfect for me. Prior to my interview, the apprenticeship team gave me a mock interview, this helped so much!

“Some people think that apprenticeships are mainly within administration roles, however my role is not just filing and answering phone calls. I look at real time data, attend meetings with consultants and contribute to delivering safe and compassionate care to our patients.

“The support you get throughout your apprenticeship is second to none. My line manager sets me objectives, and I have weekly meetings with her so I knew what was expected of me, and I could ask any questions. This direction really help me settle into the role, and the whole team has supported me every step of the way.

“During my apprenticeships year I completed my business admin Level 3 NVQ qualification, and I now have a full time position here. I couldn’t be happier!

“Working in the NHS is rewarding and interesting. Come and give it a go!”