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NHS: Apprentices

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 152627, tabled on 12 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS apprentices starts there were in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) 2018.

Answered on

15 June 2018

Health Education England recorded the numbers of National Health Service apprentice starts for 2015/16 and 2016/17 as shown in the following table.


Total number of NHS Apprenticeship Starts





Source: Health Education England

Figures on the numbers of public sector apprenticeships are not yet available for 2017/18. Public bodies in scope of the public sector apprenticeships target are required to report on their progress annually. The first reports, covering the 2017/18 period, are due by 30 September 2018.

Health Education England is leading the development of a number of new health-related apprenticeship standards which will open up pathways for several careers across the NHS. As of May 2018, 21 new standards are ready for delivery and a further 29 are in development.

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