Our apprenticeships

This is a list of the apprenticeships we are currently able to offer staff at University Hospital Southampton. To find out more about any of the apprenticeship opportunities listed, please contact apprenticeshipcentre@uhs.nhs.uk.

Click the links below to navigate to apprenticeships aimed at each staff group. There are different levels within each, and if you click on the name of the programme you can find out more about the apprenticeship standard. 

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Senior healthcare support worker

Like all healthcare support workers at UHS, senior healthcare assistants provide compassionate care to our patients. A senior healthcare support worker will be a role model to other support workers, championing best practice and undertaking a leadership role among the team of healthcare assistants.

Early years educator

Early years educators, and other job roles such as nursery nurses and childminders, are highly trained professionals who play a key role in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. They work in a range of settings including full daycare, children’s centres, pre schools, reception classes and as childminders.


Assistant practitioner

Assistant practitioners work as part of the wider healthcare team, providing direct patient care to service users. As an assistant practitioner apprentice, you’ll refine your clinical skills in a range of areas, depending on which specialty you're based in.

Nursing associate

A nursing associate works under the direction of a registered nurse to offer skilled support to the nursing and healthcare workforce, providing excellent patient care to individuals and offering assistance in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care.

Registered nursing degree 

Registered nurses play a vital role in providing, leading, coordinating and evaluating care that's compassionate, evidence based and person centred. They have responsibility for their own work and that of those who they delegate to, and must be able to work autonomously or as an equal partner with a range of other professionals. They provide nursing care for people across the whole lifespan, treating illness or injury while also considering any mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural care needs the patient might have.



Healthcare science assistant

The healthcare science assistant (HCSA) support workforce contributes to safe patient care across all care pathways. They operate in roles in services across hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector, as well as across all areas of healthcare science. HCSAs perform a range of low risk, routine technical and scientific procedures usually within one broad area of HCS, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements. 

Pharmacy services assistant

The pharmacy services assistant (PSA) works under the supervision of a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or another accountable healthcare professional. The PSA supports the delivery of pharmacy services in a variety of pharmacy environments. The PSA provides a variety of pharmacy and medicines services to patients, the public and other professional healthcare teams.


Healthcare science practitioner (degree apprenticeship)

Our healthcare science practitioners use scientific technique to aid all areas of the patient’s care pathway – from diagnosis to treatment. You’ll learn to complete a wide range of highly skilled diagnostic tests, analyse results and support the other healthcare teams across the Trust.

Laboratory scientist (degree apprenticeship)

As a laboratory scientist at UHS, you’ll use your specialist scientific knowledge to carry out a range of technical and scientific procedures in your area of specialty, providing expert analysis on your findings.


Level 4 

Mammography associate

Mammography associates work within the breast imaging team undertaking routine two-view mammography (x-ray images of breasts). You will work in a multidisciplinary team within a hospital or in a community setting (for example in mobile breast screening units or at medical centres), undertaking mammography as part of a breast screening programme. 

Level 6

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists work with individuals from birth to end of life, including those with physical and mental health conditions, injury, learning disabilities, long-term conditions and palliative care needs.  Your primary goal as an occupational therapist is to enable people to participate in meaningful occupations and activities of everyday life.

Operating department practitioner

Operating department practitioners (ODPs) are registered healthcare professionals specialising in caring for people of all ages before, during and after surgery. ODPs therefore mainly work in operating departments.


Physiotherapists work with individuals, their families and their carers in a wide range of health and social care settings. They lead and deliver programmes and interventions to help people affected by injury, ageing, illness or disability.  Physiotherapists use a range of physical and psychological treatment approaches, including movement, exercise and manual therapy, to optimise an individual’s mobility, function and quality of life.

Therapeutic radiographer

The role of a therapeutic radiographer is to provide excellent care to patients diagnosed with cancer by delivering high quality and accurate radiotherapy, taking into consideration patients’ emotional, psychological, and physical needs through the stages of their cancer treatment. You will be responsible for the patient from the time of referral for radiotherapy by a cancer specialist and will undertake pre-treatment preparation of radiotherapy patients, such as scanning and planning the patients’ radiotherapy.

Diagnostic radiographer

The role of a diagnostic radiographer is to provide excellent patient care by obtaining images of a high diagnostic quality using a range of complex imaging equipment. This includes imaging using x-rays and cross-sectional imaging methods (computed tomography or CT), fluoroscopy and interventional radiology. They also assist with other imaging techniques such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), breast imaging and nuclear medicine.



Business administration

Our business administration apprentices learn how to implement a broad range of skills needed to thrive in an administrative role, including producing business documents, using various software packages and managing projects. This apprenticeship is offered at both levels 2 and 3, depending on prior experience and qualifications.

Customer service practitioner

As a customer service practitioner, you’ll learn how best to provide a high quality level of customer service to our service users and patients.


Assistant accountant

During your assistant accountancy apprenticeship, you’ll provide support to the finance teams within the organisation, learning how to effectively handle financial data in relation to the organisation’s overall business strategy.

Business administration

Our business administration apprentices learn how to implement a broad range of skills needed to thrive in an administrative role, including producing business documents, using various software packages and managing projects. This apprenticeship is offered at both levels 2 and 3, depending on prior experience and qualifications.

Customer service specialist

As a customer service specialist, you’ll know how to deliver exceptional customer service to our patients and service users, acting as a point of contact for any relevant customer queries or complaints.

Digital marketer

As a digital marketing apprentice at UHS, you’ll learn how to build, implement and monitor a variety of marketing campaigns using a range of digital tools and technologies.

Human resources (HR) support

In your HR support apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to respond appropriately to standard HR queries, work through a range of HR processes, and provide relevant advice in your area of expertise.

Infrastructure technician

During this apprenticeship, you’ll become well-versed in the methods used to support customers (both internal and external to the Trust) in their use of technology. This will involve learning how to troubleshoot and find solutions to technological problems.

Team leader/supervisor

As a team leader, you’ll learn how to provide direction in your management of a team, planning projects, supporting the needs of your team, monitoring workloads and delivering defined outcomes.

Junior content producer

A junior content producer is responsible for developing and creating content that can be used across a variety of media including digital, social media, broadcast or in print. Working to the customer/client brief, they research, prepare and develop the media messaging to maximise audience engagement, capturing the strategy and objectives of the brand and needs of the customer they are representing.


Associate project manager

Associate project managers are responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of projects against clearly defined goals. You’ll use the skills you learn in this apprenticeship to produce timeframes, delegate roles and communicate with teams to ensure the aims of a project are met successfully.

Data analyst

As a data analyst, you’ll collect and interpret data to offer insight on larger business aims and strategies. The role will involve using a range of complex analytical tools to extract, manage and analyse data, and you’ll learn a variety of techniques to make this process as effective and efficient as possible.

Professional accounting/taxation technician

In this apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to process financial information in accordance with accountancy regulations, prepare tax calculations and gain understanding of the business systems in place within the industry in which you operate.

Marketing executive

A marketing executive will help shape, support and deliver marketing plans. It's a highly audience focused role which requires creativity, communication and project management skills - these individuals are responsible for planning and executing tactical and targeted marketing activity.

Public relations and communications assistant

Public relations (PR) and communications concerns the building, protecting and maintaining of positive reputation for brands, organisations and individuals. It also concerns the way those brands, organisations and individuals communicate about themselves, their products or their services with the public, via different methods.


Operations departmental manager

In this apprenticeship, you’ll be learning how to manage teams and/or projects, undertaking the strategic planning of operations in accordance with the needs of both your individual department and the wider organisation.


Chartered manager (non-integrated degree apprenticeship)

As a chartered manager apprentice at UHS, you’ll be learning to take charge of a team, make strategic decisions and deliver on long-term organisational goals. 

Digital and technology solutions professionals

A digital and technology solutions professional provides technology enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers, in a range of areas including software, business and systems analysis, cyber security, data analysis, and network infrastructure. They implement technology solutions that enable businesses to develop new products and services and to increase an organisation's productivity using digital technologies.


Senior leader (master’s degree apprenticeship)

During this training programme, you’ll hone your skills as an effective and strategic leader, learning how to push forward innovation and help the vision of the organisation take shape. 



Painter and decorator

Painters and decorators work across UHS, ensuring that our public and staff areas are kept looking clean, with a high quality finish, providing our patients and staff with a welcoming environment. During your apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to safely and effectively use the appropriate products to create a comfortable and clean setting.


Advanced carpentry and joinery

Advanced carpenters and joiners work within and around our hospital, preparing and installing building components (for example doors, floor units and structural carpentry).  As an apprentice, you’ll learn how to carry out advanced, skilled work and find solutions to complex carpentry problems.

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Our maintenance and engineering team are responsible for maintaining a safe and effective environment for our patients to be cared for and our staff to work in. You’ll work with a range of specialist tools, helping to maintain our Trust – from complex electrical systems to state-of-the-art healthcare equipment.

Medical engineering (clinical)

As a medical engineering apprentice, you’ll learn how to carry out fault diagnoses on various types of medical equipment, as well as provide essential servicing and maintenance to this equipment.

Building services design technician

A building services design technician provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions. This could involve the  production of 3D models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings, taking into account pre-fabrication techniques where appropriate.


Facilities manager

Throughout the course of this apprenticeship, you’ll be studying the responsible and safe management of properties, assets and services across the Trust.

Commercial procurement and supply

A procurement and supply professional's role includes the process of procurement, or buying goods and services, but these roles can be much broader than just procurement. They can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services.


Chartered surveyor (degree apprenticeship)

During this degree apprenticeship, you’ll learn how to make evaluations for clients based on inspections of buildings, land or construction.