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Apprenticeships are job-specific training programmes that combine practical experience with theoretical knowledge, benefiting our staff and the service they can provide. They are a key component of how King’s maintains a highly-skilled workforce and offers progression opportunities.

Programme offer

Working with more than 30 training providers, we offer a wide range of fully funded training, including but not limited to those listed below:

1. Business admin and customer service

  • L2 Customer service specialist
  • L3 Business admin
  • L3 Customer service practitioner

2. Finance

  • L4 Counter-fraud investigator

3. Estates engineering and trades

  • L3 Engineering maintenance

4. Healthcare science

  • L3 Science manufacturing technician
  • L6 Healthcare science practitioner

5. Pharmacy

  • L2 Pharmacy services assistant
  • L3 Pharmacy technician

6. Human resources

  • L3 HR support
  • L5 HR consultant partner
  • L7 Senior people professional

7. Leadership and management

  • L3 Team leader or supervisor
  • L4 Associate project manager
  • L5 Coaching professional
  • L5 Operations or departmental manager
  • L6 Chartered manager
  • L7 Senior leader
  • L7 Senior leader and MBA

8. Informatics and communications

  • L3 Data technician
  • L3 Information communications technician
  • L4 Data analyst
  • L4 Network engineer
  • L6 Digital and tech solution professional
  • L7 Digital and tech solution specialist

9. Nursing

  • L3 Senior healthcare support worker
  • L5 Nursing associate
  • L7 Advanced clinical practitioner

10. Allied health professionals

  • L4 Mammography associate
  • L6 Diagnostic radiographer
  • L6 Occupational therapist

11. Improvement

  • L4 Improvement practitioner
  • L5 Improvement specialist


Staff can enrol on any of these programmes if there is a link with their existing job role. They can also enquire about any programmes found at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Benefits of apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships are fully funded by the Trust’s apprenticeship levy. This means their programme of education and the qualification come with with no cost to the learner or department, and no impact on the learner’s wage.
  • They equip staff with a host of new practical skills to apply to their role through a structured training plan, that typically lasts 1 to 3 years.
  • Apprentices at King’s are eligible for discounts, including the Apprenticeship Oyster and TOTUM discount card.
  • Apprenticeships are recognised by employers, and many programmes include accredited qualifications.


You can apply for an apprenticeship if you:

  • work for King’s in a relevant role and have passed your probation, or you are applying for an apprenticeship vacancy
  • have lived in the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years
  • do not already hold a qualification in the same subject at the same level or higher
  • are not currently enrolled on any other government-funded training

Some apprenticeships, notably the degree programmes at Level 6 and 7, may have additional academic criteria set by the training provider.

Meet our apprentices

Some of our apprentices share the reasons for choosing an apprenticeship, what they have learnt and advice for future apprentices.

Amanda, Leadership and Management Level 3 Apprenticeship

Why did you decide to complete an apprenticeship?

I had always been clinically based as a dental nurse and healthcare assistant, based either in a hospital or community based, so I’d only ever had clinical training.

I have always enjoyed studying and learning about new approaches and so I decided to apply for the apprenticeship both to learn, and because I hope it would support promotional opportunities in my career.

What did you learn?

I have learnt about different management and leadership styles, as well as new topics such as finance and stakeholder management.

I have also had the opportunity to run practical exercises with my teams to put theory into action, which has helped me try out different leadership styles to get the best out of your team, as well as helping my team understand the value of the apprenticeship.

How has the apprenticeship benefited you?

I initially struggled and was overwhelmed with the content, but my tutor has been incredibly supportive and has helped put work into perspective and built up my confidence and resilience.

The course itself has allowed me to appreciate how to better consider and promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in management and leadership.

What are your future plans?

I have enjoyed my apprenticeship so far, and I have been surprised that I have enjoyed some modules a lot more than I thought I would. I therefore might consider doing further study in certain areas, such as finance.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship at King’s?

I feel that it is brilliant that King’s offers the opportunity for people to study apprenticeships, especially for people who like me who are older and have historically tended to be overlooked for training and investment.

My advice would be to ensure your team and management are on board, and to plan your time well, and you’ll succeed.

Pauline, Associate Project Management Apprenticeship

Why did you decide to complete an apprenticeship?

I felt like I had a lot of management experience that would be enhanced by a better understanding of the technical side of project management, and how you can use those skills to drive successful change in healthcare.

What did you learn?

I learnt project management skills using both theoretical and practical examples. One practical example was supporting King’s day nursery to move buildings, and another was the process of changing the curriculum for the children.

I learnt more about risk and issue management, governance, ethics compliance, stakeholder engagement, communication, consolidated planning, and quality management.

I was supported throughout by my course mentor and my manager, which I found invaluable.

How has the apprenticeship benefited you?

The apprenticeship has given me more technical skills which will allow me to be a better manager, and more confidence and resilience after failing a module and was supported to persevere, study hard and pass the next time.

On a more personal level, I had recently lost my mother, and found that being on the apprenticeship scheme gave me a focus which helped with my grieving process.

What are your future plans?

I would like to move into a project management role, and would love the opportunity to find a role at King’s. I feel like I understand how the NHS makes strategic investments to improve care for patients, and I would like to use my new knowledge to help drive change at King’s.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship at King’s?

My advice would be to plan your time effectively, ensure you have a good work life balance, listen and learn from feedback, and also share information about the apprenticeship with colleagues and managers so they can support you.

Stefan, Business Administrator Level 3 Apprenticeship

Why did you decide to complete an apprenticeship?

I had just finished college and decided not to study at university, and I was unsure about my future career path.

I saw the opportunity and thought it would give me useful transferable skills and allow me to understand if a career in the NHS was for me.

What have you learnt?

I have done a variety of tasks and learnt several skills while working here. I have helped doctors during clinics, helped collect research samples, supporting patients getting prescriptions, and updated the patient status on the electronic health record system EPIC, so that clinical staff are aware where the patient is on their journey.

I have been supported throughout by my course mentor and my manager, which I found invaluable.

How has the apprenticeship benefited you?

The apprenticeship has given me lots of transferable skills, such as time management, autonomy and managing different tasks.

I have also been supported by colleagues and managers to learn from mistakes that occur when working in a new environment. This has helped me feel more confident in my abilities.

Have any moments been particularly meaningful for you?

I’ve had a lot of small meaningful interactions with patients, which puts a smile on my face and gives me more motivation to work.

I had a conversation with one patient who was shocked at how young I was, and took a keen interest in my career plans and goals, and it felt great to have someone who didn’t know me interested in my future.

What are your future plans?

At this stage, I am still unsure, but the apprenticeship has helped me prepare for working life. I am definitely open to a career at King’s or in the NHS though.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship at King’s?

My advice would be that completing an apprenticeship with the NHS has a lot of benefits, and that I have been surrounded by great people who embody the NHS values, and help create a non-toxic work environment which is great for new entrants to the workplace. I’ve made many great new connections.

How to apply

King’s staff members can apply for an apprenticeship or find out more information by contacting us at [email protected].

We also recruit through apprenticeship vacancies, most often in admin and customer service roles. All vacancies are advertised through the government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.