UNISON, Unite, RCM and unionlearn have been part of the group devising Quality Principles for NHS Apprenticeships. The unions collaborated with the National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH) and Health Education England (HEE) to provide health care employers guidance on what a good standard Apprenticeship provision looks like.
The quality principles highlight the support apprentices need and the help trade unions provide such as wider union learning support and mentoring. Unions also have a major role in working with employers to develop and improve Apprenticeship programmes.
The guidance offers 21 principles which describe high quality Apprenticeship practice in health care. The main that principles underpinning the delivery are:
- Embedding Apprenticeships in the organisation’s workforce strategy
- Management commitment
- Effective learning programmes and processes