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The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the biggest employers in Europe and employs more than one million people in a surprising variety of jobs and apprenticeships.

Job roles

There are over 350 different careers in the NHS and there is a role for everyone with the right skills and values. Each and every member of staff plays a vital role in providing the healthcare needs of up to 800,000 people locally. We strongly believe in flexible working and family-friendly policies that enable staff to have a rewarding work life, and a home life.

Health Careers have dedicated web pages to help navigate the many roles within the NHS. If you are looking for clinical roles or those with no patient contact, the website provides in depth advice and guidance on how to access these opportunities


There are significant changes on the horizon within the health sector, including the introduction of new roles and changes to how training will be funded. Many trusts are looking at NHS apprenticeships as a way of meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

Apprenticeships are available at four levels:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships - follow work-based learning towards level 2 – equivalent to 5 GCSEs A* - C
  • Advanced apprenticeship - follow work-based learning towards level 3 – equivalent to 2 A-Levels
  • Higher apprenticeships - follow work-based learning towards levels 4,5,6 & 7 – equivalent to a foundation degree and above
  • Degree apprenticeships - follow work-based learning towards levels 6 & 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree.

For more information please visit the Health Careers website.

Step into Health

The Step into Health programme provides an access pathway for those from the Armed Forces community to the NHS.

Many employers from across England have pledged their public support to the programme and have reviewed their recruitment practices to open both their vacancies and apprenticeship opportunities to those from the Armed Forces communities.

Whether you are just leaving the Armed Forces, have been a veteran for some time or are spouses or dependants of military personnel, the NHS may have an opportunity for you.

To find out more information and to locate your nearest Step into Health NHS organisation, please visit