Pre apprenticeship programme

Pre apprenticeship programmes –  an amazing opportunity not to be missed. 

We are currently offering 2 programmes for local people in Oldham which are designed to provide pre apprenticeship support to local people who are interested in starting a career in customer services/business admin or Healthcare Support work in the NHS. Both programmes aim to remove barriers to apprenticeships.  

The programmes are supported by the Northern Care Alliance (The Royal Oldham Hospital/Oldham Care Organisation), Oldham Council, Positive Steps. 

Programmes Details: 

Eligibility Criteria 

You must: 

  • Live in the Oldham area 
  • Be aged 16 to 25  
  • Not currently be in employment, education or training 

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Positve Steps logo.png Throughout the Stepping Into the NHS Programme and into your apprenticeship you will be supported by a Transition Mentor from  Positive Steps.

Eligibility Criteria 

You must: 

  • Live in the Oldham Coldhurst ward (Westwood & Coldhurst) and: 

  • Be either a single parent, from BAME communities, or have learning disabilities/difficulties/ issues with mental health 

  • Be 18 years or older 

  • Have been a UK Citizen for 3 years 

  • Be unemployed 

  • Be educated to Level 1 in English  

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Hear from previous learners:

"Before joining the NHS Programme, I didn't think a job or career would be possible for my future. It’s helped improve my confidence massively, it has got me work ready & proved to myself I can have my dream job despite any health issues. It's helped me see the person I am, what I want to achieve, how dedication & believing in yourself really can pay off. Without this programme, the amazing support they give you & the amazing guidance from Cynthia, Sharon, Kerry & Positive steps I wouldn't have got the amazing job I've gone on to get in the NHS. I'm now so excited for my future & feel I have gained skills I can apply to my new job for life. I can't recommend the programme enough." Courtney, May 2022

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"I’ve really enjoyed the programme and have come a long way. There were a few times I wasn’t sure about it and was feeling a bit lazy and needed the push that you gave me. I can’t believe I got experience in a hospital and a job and I’m only 17. It’s unbelievable. Can’t wait to start my job." Kacey, May 2022

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“My time on this pre apprenticeship has benefited me tremendously as I have gained a great deal of knowledge and understanding about what it’s like to work in a hospital – like environment. I am very appreciative of the opportunity that has been given to me and I am also thankful to the people that helped make this programme happen as I would not be where I am today, in fulltime employment without you.” 

“I have learnt lots of different skills and it is also helping me with my confidence, with dealing with other people and the public. The staff at the hospital has also been very helpful in supporting me and encouraging me. I have come on tremendously in both confidence and ability and is I’m now ready to make the step in to the working environment.  Today I have been told I have got a job at Oldham hospital.“ 

“I have gained a lot more confident since starting the programme, especially during the placement and I have learnt a lot about the NHS and am continuing to learn new things. I am very proud of myself and so is my dad”

I have an apprenticeship at north Chadderton school! Starting in September! I’m very happy! Thank you for all your help and support over the past few months, I couldn’t have done it without you! And it really helped me achieve more and feel more positive! 

“I felt supported and heard and it gave me some me time” 

“Encouraging and informative to support me in to work” 

“Positive and welcoming experience” 

“Amazing sessions covering lots of topics” 

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"I'm enjoying my placement so much that it has given me the motivation to work hard in my maths and english and maths functional skills (which I dislike!) But I can now see how the hard work could pay off." Beyond Stepping in the NHS Programme, Toby is now going through the recruitment process to become a Medical Lab Assistant.

Getting Involved:

If you are a member of staff and would like to get involved in supporting our programmes, visit our Career Ambassadors Page.

Key Information

During the 8 week programme you will take part in classroom sessions to learn about what it takes to work in the NHS and to help prepare you to take a step closer to the world of work and apprenticeships.

You will also undertake self-directed learning and once this is completed you will have a week-long work experience placement.

Your work experience placement is a period of supervised work where you can experience real work in a role of your interest. This is a good way to get a taster of what it’s like to work in a specific area of an NHS organisation.

A minimum of 10 people from the programme will be supported to progress into a full apprenticeship with in the NCA or within the Oldham locality.


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