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Paramedic Apprenticeship Programme

in conjunction with the University of Cumbria

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The Trust runs an internal education pathway, the Paramedic Apprenticeship Programme, in conjunction with the University of Cumbria for those aspiring to train to become a paramedic. This programme is open to staff with a minimum of two years front line NHS service as an emergency care assistant (ECA), ambulance practitioner (AP) or technician.

Higher level and degree apprenticeships are a great option for people of any age. As long as you’re committed and passionate, then you could benefit from the opportunity to learn and earn alongside your job in the Trust.

Apprenticeship programmes are designed to be studied whilst working, to help you progress academically and professionally in your programme of study and in your career. On the apprenticeship programme, you will benefit from a workplace mentor and a university personal tutor, who will work together to monitor your progress regularly.

Every individual is different, but someone who is well organised, hardworking, resilient, able to work in a team and conduct themselves as a confident individual stands a great chance of being successful as an apprentice. Your programme will not just provide an academic education, but help you develop as an individual.

Full information about a paramedic degree is available here.

All information about this internal education route can be found in our Paramedic Apprenticeship Prospectus

Am I eligible to apply?

Successful applications will have to demonstrate all of the following, proof of which will be required as part of the recruitment and selection process:

 


Have a minimum of two years’ experience as a front-line NHS emergency care assistant (ECA), ambulance practitioner (AP) or technician (your period of ECA training can count towards satisfying the experience requirement);

  • Cohort 7 – you will need to have two years’ experience as of 31/05/2022
  • Cohort 8 – you will need to have two years’ experience as of 14/08/2022

Able to evidence, at time of application, (within 7 days of applying) the required qualifications (GCSE Grade 4-9 (historically A-C) in Maths and English Language or the equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills certificates);

Have Line Managers support for application (this will be checked through the CBM);

  • This includes (where relevant) to have the agreement to be contracted to a minimum of 30 hours per week at commencement of the apprenticeship programme (applicants must have worked a minimum of 3150 hours to be eligible to apply

100% Mandatory Training Compliance (this will be checked); To have read the Paramedic Prospectus and understand all that is required, before, during and after the course, including the Bridging Course.


 

The entry requirements for this programme require an ECA to be working for an NHS Ambulance Trust. Therefore, we are unable to accept other experience such as Hub, community responder, fire co-responder experience in place.

This experience also needs to be ‘contemporary’. If you have recent experience as an ECA, but have not worked for the last two years as an ECA then your application would need to be reviewed by the University of Cumbria on an individual basis.

Experience as an ECA from outside of SWAST will need to be reviewed on an individual basis, and acceptability will be dependent on which Trust you were working with, and that Trust’s ECA training course content.

What does it cost?

This programme will utilise the Trust’s apprenticeship levy and will therefore cover the tuition fees of the programme.

There is however a pre-requisite module for the apprenticeship which is called a bridging course and cannot be funded via the levy, therefore this needs to be self-funded at the cost of £1,550.

You can pay this up front or the Trust can offer support to cover this for you to then pay this back. Repayments will be set up from the month that you commence the bridging course at £130 per month over 12 months.

Although there is a significant amount of support available to students on the bridging course, in the event where a student does need any additional tutorials throughout their bridging, these will be charged at £200 per tutorial.

Should you defer, fail, or withdraw from the course at any point prior to completion you will be required to repay any remaining amount due for the bridging course that has not already been repaid via salary deductions.

The intention of the Apprenticeship is to provide a development pathway to Paramedic and retain our people. Therefore the Trust are looking to benefit from the upskilling this will provide.

If for reasons other than redundancy, end of a fixed term contract or ill health retirement you leave the Trust’s employ within 24 months of completing a course provided or funded by the Trust you may be required to reimburse some of the costs associated with this course.  An individual discussion will take place to advise you on any associated costs.  Please be aware that the Trust may recover monies owed from any salary received during your notice period. The Trust will recover up to 50% of your final salary if required to recover training costs. Any balance outstanding after this will be invoiced to you by our Payroll Department

What is the bridging course?

The prerequisite module, known as the bridging course, is  approximately six months in duration and a programme of learning which enables a learner to progress from a context where they are capable of studying at Level 3 to a context where they are capable of studying at Level 4, and beyond.

To find out more, visit the Paramedic Apprenticeship Prospectus

How do I apply?

Please refer to the recruitment and selection guidance below.

When can I apply?

Please refer to the current application timelines and programme dates below.

What else do I need to know?

All the information you need can be found in our Paramedic Apprenticeship Prospectus

Got an unanswered question? Please contact the Organisational Development Team at ODTeam@swast.nhs.uk

Selection Stage One

Applicants are to submit their expression of interest (EOI) via an online form in order to be considered for the course

Applicants MUST be able to confirm the following:

 


Have a minimum of two years’ experience as a front-line NHS emergency care assistant (ECA), ambulance practitioner (AP) or technician (your period of ECA training can count towards satisfying the experience requirement);

  • Cohort 7 – you will need to have two years’ experience as of 31/05/2022
  • Cohort 8 – you will need to have two years’ experience as of 14/08/2022

Able to evidence, at time of application, (within 7 days of applying) the required qualifications (GCSE Grade 4-9 (historically A-C) in Maths and English Language or the equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills certificates);

Have Line Managers support for application (this will be checked through the CBM);

  • This includes (where relevant) to have the agreement to be contracted to a minimum of 30 hours per week at commencement of the apprenticeship programme (applicants must have worked a minimum of 3150 hours to be eligible to apply

100% Mandatory Training Compliance (this will be checked);

To have read the Paramedic Prospectus and understand all that is required, before, during and after the course, including the Bridging Course.


 

Applicants will be shortlisted on essential criteria listed above

 

Selection Stage Two
 Group Interview Process

Those who meet the essential criteria as set out above will be invited to a group interview process.

This process will be undertaken and led by Cumbria University in conjunction with SWAST.

This will be a virtual process.

 

Final Selection Stage

Successful applicants will be appointed based on highest overall score of the group interview and essential criteria.

Successful individuals will be offered a place on the pre-requisite Bridging course

The application window for recruitment to cohorts 7 and 8 is now closed.

 

Interview Dates (both cohorts will be recruited to at the same time)

Group Interviews will take place the week commencing 7 and 14 March 2022.

 

Bridging Course Dates

Cohort 7 Bridging course will commence on 1 June 2022

Cohort 8 Bridging course will commence on 15 August 2022

 

Apprenticeship Programme Dates

Cohort 7 Apprenticeship programme is anticipated to commence in February 2023

Cohort 8 Apprenticeship programme is anticipated to commence in April 2023

 

The locations of cohort 7 and 8 are not yet finalised and may not be until after the full recruitment and offering process has taken place.
You will be considered against the cohort in which you are eligible for, which may be one or both, dependant on your length of service. If you have a preference then you can note this on your expression of interest form when applying.
Thinking of higher education study or about to commence your journey on the apprenticeship programme?

The Head Start Plus to Apprenticeships is an online open module for you to freely access as you start on your journey towards transitioning into University academic studies at levels 5 and 6.

To support the development of your academic skills and digital capabilities whilst helping to boost your confidence as you transition into academic study alongside working in your daily role, the ‘Head Start Plus to Apprenticeships’ module is available for you to access online and reflects one way of working through a University assignment journey.

Everyone can access this version and no log-ins are required. If you do secure a place on the apprenticeship programme then you will fully register with Cumbria University and learners will access the module via the closed blackboard VLE platform, which is then monitored with regards to usage and progression.

Utilising this functionality will help you to start thinking about academic writing and the requirements of you if you are considering applying or in fact are due to commence on the Paramedic Apprenticeship Programme.

The seven videos below aim to provide Practice Educators with the support and education needed for apprentice paramedics in the clinical practice environment.

Video 1 – Introduction to the Degree Apprenticeship

Video 2 – The Mentor/Mentee relationship

Video 3 – Safeguarding the Learner

Video 4 – Academic Content Overview

Video 5 – Failing to Fail

Video 6 – Assessing Learners Using the PebblePad

Video 7 – Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Mentoring