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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are up and running in England for Maternity Support Workers, and are being created in England for Midwives. This page has information about maternity apprenticeships and links to other resources.

Latest Update: The Apprenticeship Standard for Midwifery was approved on 5 December 2018. A 'Standard' captures the knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice midwife will have to demonstrate at the end of their training. The Standard was created by a Trailblazer Group and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships. You can read more about this process here.

This Standard will form the basis of any midwifery apprenticeship that employers and universities will go on to develop. The apprenticeship will take 4 years. We expect to see the first midwifery apprentices in England in 2020. The midwifery apprenticeship is a degree-level apprenticeship, meaning that as well as completing the apprenticeship training, a candidate will also have to satisfy the requirements of the university to get their degree before they can register with the NMC and begin to practice. Employers and Universities will design their programmes so that apprentices can fulfil both these obligations at the same time.
 

What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work based training programme. It combines on the job training with a national recognised qualification. Tuition fees are paid by the employer or Government funding and apprentices are paid a salary for their employment. Apprenticeship policy in the UK has changed and apprenticeships are becoming more common in healthcare.

 

Apprenticeships and the NHS 

Apprenticeships are more varied and lead to more careers than you think. They can be a great way for NHS leaders to grow their own workforce, as well as for individuals wanting a rewarding NHS career than can take them where they want to go.  Not only can maternity support workers train through quality apprenticeships, apprenticeships can give midwives and other NHS professionals new skills in project management and leadership. New Apprenticeship Standards are being created every month.

An Apprenticeship is a work based training programme. It combines on the job training with a national recognised qualification. Tuition fees are paid by the employer or Government funding and apprentices are paid a salary for their employment. Apprenticeship policy in the UK has changed and apprenticeships are becoming more common in healthcare.

 

Apprenticeship and maternity support care 

Read our guide to Maternity Support Worker Apprenticeships (published May 2018)

Read more about MSW careers

Read about MSW apprenticeships 

Are you an MSW or MSW apprentice? Become a member of the RCM!

 

 

https://www.rcm.org.uk/sites/default/files/MSWs_101016_1.pngAn apprenticeship is one training route to become a Maternity Support Worker (MSW) and the RCM contributed to the development of the new MSW Apprenticeship Standard – part of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship standard outlined here on page 6.

The RCM have long championed the need of maternity support staff to have access to appropriate learning and development opportunities, so we welcome quality apprenticeships, which across the UK are rightly becoming a growing feature of the NHS workforce.

 

 

  • Read a case study of Nicola Spencer, an MSW apprentice from Guy’s and St Thomas in London
  • Read a case study of Denise Amey, a Maternity Support Worker who completed her apprenticeship at Poole Maternity Hospital.

 

Apprenticeships and midwifery

New apprenticeships are employer-led, where employers get together as ‘trailblazers’ who work together to design new apprenticeship standards for occupations within their sectors. In July 2018, midwifery leaders in NHS Trusts and in Higher Education in England came together to form a trailblazer and create the first draft Midwifery Apprenticeship Standard, and this Standard was approved in December 2018. The RCM was a stakeholder to the Trailblazer and helped shape how the Standard will grow our midwifery workforce.

How have apprenticeships changed in recent years?

In 2016 the government announced it wanted to increase the use of apprenticeship training. Large organisations – including NHS trusts and Boards are now paying an apprenticeship levy that the government hopes will fund 3 million new apprenticeships. While all large UK organisations are levied, at the moment the Westminster government’s plans for this apprenticeship fund are more defined. The government is also encouraging public sector organisations, including NHS organisations, to train more apprentices through the public sector apprentice target

 

Apprenticeships support from the TUC

Apprenticeships are Union BusinessThe TUC’s Unionlearn helps trade unions to support apprentices in the workplace. The RCM is a proud member of the TUC and we have resources to support union reps, ULRs and other union members to work directly with apprentices, supporting them to complete their apprenticeship and build their careers.

 

For more information and resources, visit the Unionlearn website