New nursing apprentice role announced

The BBC is reporting that a new nursing apprenticeship has been announced which offers an on-the-job new apprenticeship role and training.

From September 2017, up to 1,000 NHS staff will be able to take up the training without having to go down the conventional university route to get a nursing degree.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says it complements the nursing associate role announced a year ago. Both initiatives aim to offer flexible routes into nursing in England.

They might also give students an affordable way to train, since ministers plan to scrap student bursaries for nurses in September 2017.

Student nurses at university are currently entitled to bursaries of £4,500 to £5,500 if they live in London – on top of a grant of £1,000 each year during their course.

Trainees on the apprenticeship scheme will typically be funded by the trust they work for and can join the course at different stages, depending on their qualifications and experience, and stay in work while learning.

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  1. ‘Project 2000’ was a move by the nursing profession in the 1990s to take nurse-training out of hospital and into universities.
    It was all part of that idiotic attempt to create parity between academic and more practical skills by turning polytechnics into universities etc.
    The way to value skills like nursing, plumbing, engineering etc is not to change their qualification, but to change the values in society.
    As a secondary science teacher, I often asked why GCSE science is oriented towards academic knowledge and not towards the engineering and medical applications we are skill-short.

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