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A new funding offer will support more than 400 nursing associates and assistant practitioners to undertake a two-year ‘top-up’ apprenticeship to become registered nurses.
Health Education England has this week announced it will fund 420 new apprentices, starting from September.
“This much needed funding will help provide the next generation of nurses”
The move will see nursing associates and assistant practitioners undergo a two-year apprenticeship to train as registered nurses.
Those behind the initiative said it was anticipated that funding may be further extended to employers over the next four years.
It is hoped the apprenticeship funding will help support the government’s ambitious mandate of providing 50,000 more nurses across the NHS in England and a “next generation of nurses”.
James McLean, deputy chief nurse at HEE, said: “We are very pleased to be able to provide this investment to support more nursing associates and assistant practitioners train to become registered nurses.
“This much needed funding will help provide the next generation of nurses and supports the Government’s ambition to deliver 50,000 across the NHS.”
Employers keen to find out more about the apprenticeship should contact HEE directly by 5 October to obtain an expression of interest form at [email protected]
The move follows the government’s pledge last month of a new £172m funding package to double the number of nursing apprenticeships being offered annually in England to 2,000.
The deadline for submissions for the full nurse degree apprenticeship has been extended until Monday 5 October.
The first nursing associates began training in 2017 via funding from HEE but from 2018 onwards employers were expected to use a new form of apprenticeship funding, through a levy.