OHSEL supports National Apprenticeships Week (3-9 February)

Our Healthier South East London and South West London Health & Care Partnership, with support from Health Education England, are working together to find ways to promote and maximise the benefits of apprenticeships in health and social care organisations across south London.

The aim is to help our key provider partners to meet the government apprenticeship targets and use apprenticeship levy funds effectively, for the benefit of their current and future workforce.

In south east London, we have brought providers together to share good practice and innovation and develop and promote collaboration. The gifting or transfer option allows providers to transfer up to 25 per cent of their levy fund to smaller, health and social care organisations, such as GP practices, local charities and other organisations in the local community.

As a result, the overall levy spend is increasing and our partners are planning to increase the take-up of apprenticeship programmes and numbers during this year.  

In Bexley, for example, the Training Hub is leading the way on implementing apprenticeship training in their local GP Practices and are set to have up to 40 apprentices in 2020, including new digital apprentices.

While Evolve Education, a not for profit charitable organisation committed to enabling children in the local community to reach their full potential, has benefited from a levy transfer from Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) to fund apprenticeship training for six new health mentors in Southwark schools.


Sharon Kelly, Workforce Project Manager at Our Healthier South East London, says:

“Apprenticeships are an invaluable way to train the NHS workforce to deliver better care and services for the benefit of patients and are available to those from between 16 to 65 years old.

“There are over 150 different apprenticeships in health and social care alone, ranging from GCSE equivalent up to Degree and Masters’ levels. With over 20,000 apprentices in roles across the NHS, apprenticeships offer the opportunity to invest in and upskill our existing staff, as well as attracting new talent from our local communities; supporting retention and promoting diversity and inclusion.”


National Apprenticeship Week 2020 takes place from 3 to 9 February. This annual event celebrates the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Many of our South east London providers will be taking part in activities to promote apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week 2020.

For example, GSTT and South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust are running many exciting events and competitions, together with their local education training providers, based on this year’s Look Beyond theme aiming to tackle outdated stereotypes around apprenticeships, which are open to all age groups from 16 up to 65 years in the NHS.

Watch GSTT apprenticeship Youtube video here: https://youtu.be/NGLXBs1Q248

Read GSTT apprenticeship case studies here: https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/careers/other-types-of-work/apprenticeships/apprenticeships.aspx