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 Work experience

Work experience and apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is simply formal on-the-job learning. This means that you get essential hands-on work experience while also earning a real salary – and to top it all off you get to take home a qualification as well.

Apprenticeships are a great way to:

  • Start a career – most people who complete an apprenticeship will gain permanent employment in the Trust
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Get a qualification
  • Earn money while you learn


The question to ask yourself is: what do I want to do for a career?

This video explains more about apprenticeships in the NHS: 

https://youtu.be/co7-ARiMNK0

Why you should choose our Trust

We are passionate about learning, development and progression opportunities for all our staff. Our managers are dedicated to supporting you with your work-based learning journey.

There is a full range of apprenticeship standards that are linked to healthcare: https://haso.skillsforhealth.org.uk/standards/.

We currently offer apprenticeships to our staff in several different areas, including:

Who can apply

Apprenticeships are for everyone – from Level 2 (GCSE level) to Level 7 (post-graduate or masters level). Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers and are an excellent opportunity to earn, gain work experience, develop skills and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

Apprenticeships also offer career development opportunities for current staff. How to apply Please email all enquiries to apprentice@swlstg.nhs.uk.

Public sector target for apprenticeships

Every year all public sector bodies with 250 or more staff are required to publish the number of apprenticeships starts as a percentage of its workforce headcount, to monitor progress against a government target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts annually over the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

  pdf (116 KB) View the latest report from our Trust (PDF)

If you want more information on these targets or wish to discuss apprenticeships in more detail please contact apprentice@swlstg.nhs.uk.

Work experience

Getting some experience is one of the most important things you can do to help find a career in Health care sector. Work experience takes place in the workplace and allows people to experience what it is like to undertake a job supervised by staff who already work in the environment

South West London and St George`s(SWLSTG) Work experience programme is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of working in a team and caring for people. Whether it is a short or long-term placement, full or part time, or on a structured or informal basis, SWLSTG work experience can help you choose the right career.

Why Work in the NHS- Please watch the below video

https://youtu.be/gCFhxM3szpM

In SWLSTG we have range of roles in which any person interested in the programme would fit themselves into this include clinical and non-clinical role. Please see video

https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers/videos/job-titles

Finding an Opportunity

If you`re looking for a work experience placement

  • If you are student, find out whether your school , college or universities has a list of suitable employers and if SWLSTG is part of the list of employers.
  • Email us :workexperience@swlstg.nhs.uk

Apply using the below link: https://apps.xswlstg-tr.nhs.uk/eWorkflow/5f22133824c0d1d38c2c0ad5