Applies in England only at present
Health Secretary announces nursing workforce reforms (Gov.uk website)
The nursing degree apprenticeship will enable people to train "on the job," to become a graduate registered nurse through an apprentice route, meaning they will will be paid whilst training.
Apprentices will be released by their employer to study part-time in a higher education institution and will train in a range of practice placement settings. They will learn at Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved education providers and will be expected to achieve the same standards as other student nurses.
The apprenticeships will be available from September 2017.
Assistant Practitioners, (sometimes also called Associate Practitioners) are a growing part of the healthcare workforce. They take on more responsibilities than health care assistants, under the supervision of registered colleagues in a range of different settings.
One of the most popular ways to become an AP is to complete a foundation degree (or equivalent) in health care, which involves a combination of study and supervised practice. Interested candidates should speak to their employer, or check the NHS jobs website for trainee assistant practitioner / trainee associate practitioner vacancies. In most cases they would be paid at band 3 level whilst training with the opportunity to work at band 4 level once qualified and once recruited into a role.
APs may be able to use their foundation degree as APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning) and apply for a shortened undergraduate degree programme such as a nursing degree. Individual universities will be able to provide more information.