Different Training Options
There are two main routes into becoming a nursing associate.
1. The apprenticeship route
- This is where an employer pays for you to attend training using the apprenticeship levy
- You will be paid while you study
- Every week you will be expected to attend university for 1 day. You will also be expected to work as a Band 2 or 3 for the rest of the time.
- You must wait for the role to be advertised as the training is accessed via the employer
2. The self-funding route
- This entry is via UCAS
- You will be expected to pay for the course and you will not be paid while you work
- Placements and university time will be in discrete blocks.
- All placement time will be supernumery, and while you are at university your time is your own.
- This is likely to be a quicker entry into becoming a nursing associate trainee
Whichever route you decide to take, the qualification, professional registration and expected standards will be the same.
There are many Universities providing nursing associate courses. If you chose the apprenticeship route, your employer will select the university that will provide you with training. The university is normally advertised on the job application.