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Jeremy Hunt announces new nursing degree apprenticeships

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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced the launch of a new nursing degree apprenticeship with plans to make the profession available to more people, with the first apprentice nurses expected to be working on wards by September.

Those taking on the apprenticeships will start at different stages depending on their qualifications and existing experience and the course does not require GCSE English or Maths. Instead, apprentices will have their numeracy and literacy skills tested by the Nursing and Midwifery Council Approved Education Institution to ensure they meet a minimum of level 2.

Hunt stated, “Not everyone wants to take time off to study full time at university so by creating hundreds of new apprentice nurses, we can help healthcare assistants and others reach their potential as a fully trained nurse”.

The programme has gained a lot of interest so far, causing Health Education England to double the number of training places on the pilot scheme from 1,000 to 2,000.

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