An apprenticeship could be just what the doctor ordered

The health and wellbeing of society is dependent on the experts who provide care in hospitals, homes and surgeries. Without their commitment, dedication and professionalism, many lives would be much worse, and maybe even lost. The complexity of the task at hand remains constant, from caring for people with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges, to carrying out mammography of women at risk of breast cancer.

The NHS and other service providers need highly skilled professionals to undertake these and a range of other tasks, at a time when people are living longer and health budgets are being squeezed. Apprenticeships in health and wellbeing reflect the need for professionals from the top down, with a particular emphasis on adult and child care and support, nursing, paramedic and ambulance services, and rehabilitation.

There are 27 apprenticeships on offer in this sector. New for 2018 is the ambulance support worker apprenticeship, which will see you transport individuals to and from specified treatment centres and other locations. There is also the children, young people and families manager apprenticeship. This will see you work toward being able to build teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to working practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.

Interests and skills

Consider a career in health and wellbeing if you take pride in helping others to overcome problems. You may also have an interest in science and medicine. Jobs can be undertaken in a variety of settings.

School subjects

The school subjects that may prepare you for an apprenticeship in health and wellbeing include:

  • Science
  • English
  • PE
Further reading

To find out more about apprenticeships in health and wellbeing, visit: gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships