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Our apprenticeship training programme

Apprenticeships are the perfect way to invest in your workforce, by employing new recruits or upskilling existing staff. We offer apprenticeships for business, the public sector, and the charity sector. St John Ambulance draw on our expertise of delivering highly trusted training programmes, to provide excellent learning opportunities for your employees in a range of subjects.

Through our national apprenticeship programmes, you will develop a stronger and more resilient workforce that reflects the values of your organisation. We will support your employees to reach their full potential. St John Ambulance are an approved training provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and can offer advice and support around how to fund an apprenticeship, including making use of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Why choose St John Ambulance as your apprenticeship training provider?

All our work is driven by our HEART values: 

  • Specialism in the third sector allows us to embed humanity at the core of all our apprenticeships. 
  • We are the nation’s leading first aid charity, with a proud history of delivering excellent training. 
  • Allow us to take accountability to manage a smooth learning journey every step of the way, using our interactive online platform. 
  • A blended learning approach which combines online learning modules with face-to-face delivery, which can be responsive to the needs of your organisation. 
  • Teamwork between you and St John Ambulance to build the exact package you need, with the opportunity to enhance the learning experience with courses such as Mental Health First Aid.

What can learners expect? 

Learners on a St John Ambulance apprenticeship programme will receive training of the highest quality which both engages and challenges them to stretch their skills, knowledge and behaviours to the next level. 

We endeavour to involve learners at every stage of their apprenticeship, from on-boarding right through to coaching for their end-point assessment, ensuring that they receive a completely learner-centric experience which will serve them well not just on day one of their programme, but every day for the rest of their career.

We can also support your staff with the adminstrative aspects of running an apprenticeship or we can complete some aspects on your behalf. For example, we can support you to register as an apprenticeship employer on the government apprenticeship service portal or to complete the necessary onboarding documentation for your apprentices. 

St John Ambulance take great pride in embedding our HEART values within all learning opportunities. This means the training apprentices receive will be firmly rooted in our values of humanity, excellence, accountability, responsiveness and teamwork. Importantly, we will take time to understand the values of your own organisation, so that learning can focus on these too!

How are apprenticeships run?

All our apprenticeships take a blended learning approach:

  • Face-to-face or webinar sessions
  • Online learning modules
  • Capturing work-based learning
  • Regular review meetings

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not. You could be eligible for extra funding depending on both your and your apprentice’s circumstances.

You pay the Apprenticeship Levy if you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year. If you do not need to pay the levy, you pay 5% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice. 

Additionally, there are also incentive payments for employers who hire a new apprentice between 1st August 2020 and 30th September 2021. For more information, see our FAQ below.

For full details on apprenticeship funding & incentive payments, please check the Government's website. To register for an apprenticeship service account to access funds or pay for training, please visit the Government's website.

Apprenticeship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

New to apprenticeships for business?

As a national apprenticeship training provider on the national Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), we’ll support you at every step of becoming an apprenticeship employer.

What financial incentives are there?

The government recently announced that it will be extending its incentive scheme for recruiting an apprentice until 30th September 2021. This means there is no time like the present for hiring a new apprentice!

For apprentices who joined your organisation after 1st April 2021

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021.

For apprentices who joined your organisation before 1st April 2021

For apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 24, employers will receive £2,000
  • 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500

You must apply for these apprentices before the 31st May 2021.

How can you use the apprenticeship incentives funds? 

You can spend the incentive payments on anything to support your organisation’s costs. This could include uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.

This payment is in addition any other incentive payments you already receive. For example, the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is aged 16 to 18 years old, or under 25 and has an education, health and care plan, or has been in the care of their local authority.

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Our apprenticeships

Adult Care Worker L2

Adult Care Worker L2 apprenticeship


Lead Adult Care Worker L3

Lead Adult Care Worker L3 apprenticeship


Customer Service Practitioner L2

Customer Service Practitioner L2 apprenticeship


Team Leader or Supervisor L3

Team Leader or Supervisor L3 apprenticeship


Learning and Development Practitioner L3

Learning and Development Practitioner L3 apprenticeship


Learning and Skills Teacher L5

Learning and Skills Teacher L5 apprenticeship


Are we your ideal apprenticeship training provider?

Contact our national apprenticeship team to find out more and discuss your plans