Apprenticeships and vocational learning

Have you ever wanted to gain a real qualification related to the job you do but don't have the time, money or energy to return either full or part-time to college? Maybe you'd like to go to university but don't have the usual entry qualifications or the spare time to gain them? Is there an alternative to exam-based qualifications and how does your work experience relate? The answer to these questions could be an apprenticeship!

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers and employees which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Qualifications are available to all Trust staff through an apprenticeship route which is currently fully funded through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Apprenticeships are free to all permanent staff.

What's on offer in 2022?

LYPFT is working closely with a number of external training providers to offer a range of apprenticeships to start throughout 2022.

Why don’t you join us at one of our online development clinics:

Administrative development clinics

Health support worker development clinics

Leadership and management development clinics

Dates are to be announced for HR, accountancy, IT, facilities, domestic, catering and marketing.

Health and social care apprenticeship

This is delivered through attendance at a training day every three weeks, alongside completion of a learning portfolio and learning time incorporated into your current role, which supports your skill development and enables you to demonstrate your learning.

For further information, email

Care certificate for support workers

The Care Certificate is an identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. It provides clear evidence that support workers have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support. It is aimed at health and social care workers who are ‘new to care and need to be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment’. Some of the Care Certificate standards are covered by LYPFT compulsory training. Information on the standards covered are in your Care Certificate workbook.

To enrol on the Care Certificate, email Your workbook will be available for you to download from your iLearn account. When you have completed the Care Certificate, you may find it useful to read our ‘how to upload your declaration of evidence’ instructions to submit your declaration of evidence in iLearn.

More information on the Care Certificate can be found on the Health Education England Care Certificate website. Leeds Libraries for Health have put together a list of books, e-books and other resources which are available from the library to help you achieve the Care Certificate.

Becoming a healthcare support worker

Are you currently in an administrative role but thinking about moving into a clinical role? We’ve undertaken some work to help you learn more about how to make the transition.

See the Entry Pathways pack for further information and a case study from a staff member who has already made the transition, starting with a healthcare support worker (HSW) role and now undertaking a nursing degree. We’ll also be hosting some online information events in the near future so keep looking out for more information.

IT Skills pathway

The IT Skills pathway provides access to online training covering the full range of competencies for users of Windows 7 and Office 2010 and covers Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. It has been developed to provide an officially recognised route of learning and certification for the whole workforce.

These e-learning packages can be completed at the learner’s own rate and a certificate of completion is generated for the learner to save or print on completion of each module. There is also a knowledge bank which provides quick ‘how to’ guides e.g. charts in Excel and formatting or resizing content.

For further information and instructions to access any of these courses, have a look at the IT Skills Pathway catalogue or email

Maths and English courses

Would you like to gain a Maths or English qualification? If so, join like-minded colleagues in a supportive environment.

Maths and English qualifications at Level C or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills, are a requirement for entry to degree level courses. All apprenticeships support learners to achieve skills at this level and are incorporated into the programme delivery. Staff whose skills are significantly below this level may want to attend a Maths and English course at their local college or explore online options prior to enrolling on an apprenticeship. Local courses and support are free to all UK residents who don’t hold Level 2 or equivalent qualifications.

Interested and want to find out more? Join our online Functional Skills clinics:

For further information and an expression of interest form, email