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Nurses: Apprentices

Question for Department for Education

UIN 199784, tabled on 6 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many people have started the Registered Nursing Apprenticeship programme to date.

Answered on

11 December 2018

There have been 88,320 apprenticeship starts in health, public services and care in the 2017 to 2018 academic year in England. The data for this can be accessed at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/further-education-and-skills-statistical-first-release-sfr.

We want to increase the number of nursing apprenticeships and now have a complete apprentice pathway from entry level to postgraduate advanced clinical practice in nursing. This will support people from all backgrounds to enter a nursing career in the National Health Service (NHS).

In the 2017/18 academic year, there have been 300 apprenticeship starts recorded for the standard ‘Registered Nurse’ (the degree apprenticeship approved for delivery on 9 May 2017) and 1,420 apprenticeship starts recorded for the standard ‘Nursing Associate’ (level 5 apprenticeship standard approved for delivery on 20 November 2017). There were no starts on these standards in the 2016/17 academic year.

We are working closely with employers, Health Education England and ministers in the Department of Health and Social Care to make sure that the NHS is fully supported to recruit apprentices, both in nursing and in a range of other occupations. 2,000 nursing associates started training on Health Education England’s pilot project in 2017.

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