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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH)

Norfolk And Norwich University Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UY

About us

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in Norfolk with a team of 8,500+ staff working together to provide care for our local population. 

The Trust carries our nearly 1 million outpatient appointments, day case procedures and inpatient admissions annually and consists of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Cromer and District Hospital.

We became a Foundation Trust in May 2008 which has made the Trust more accountable to patients, the public and our staff. 


Voluntary Services provide volunteers to support a broad spectrum of areas within the hospital, all of which help to improve the care and experience of our patients and their families. The Trust is currently supported by approximately 675 volunteers. They are an integral and valued part of our patient care team and provide approximately 135,000 hours of help each year.

Our volunteers insist that they get far more from their volunteering than they give and we feel their contribution is invaluable!

For further information about volunteer roles, training and making an application please contact our volunteer office on 01603 286060 or email at volunteers@nnuh.nhs.uk

NNUH Skills Academy

From September 2019, all Work Experience opportunities, Access to Work Programmes, and Apprenticeships will sit under the NNUH Skills Academy umbrella!

What is included in the NNUH Skills Academy?

  • Apprenticeships – We have been running the Apprenticeship Programme at the NNUH since 2010 with the aim of growing our own workforce. For more information about the programme, please see our NNUH page and our Team NNUH page. 
  • The Norfolk & Waveney Health and Care Academy – Will run 1 day per month from October 2019 through to June 2020. It will give 6th Form students a wide variety of placements in clinical settings which will support their studies, and Health and Care career aspirations.  A new programme will commence September/October 2020. 
  • Year 12 Study Days – 2 study days per year for 70 Sixth Form students a time. This is aimed at students who don’t necessarily want medicine or nursing, but something scientific. The Study Days are interactive and diverse showing a variety of different careers.
  • Science Summer Schools – Students will attend for a week rotational programme in the summer holidays and will experience working across Histopathology/Cytology/Pathology
  • Year 10 Work Experience  – As part of the yearly work experience undertaken by schools across the county, the NNUH looks for offer 2 or 3 4-day programmes for Year 10 students. 
  • Ad-Hoc Work Experience 
  • Prince’s Trust ‘Get Into Hospitals Programme’ 
  • Step Into Work programme delivered in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions and other NHS Trusts and Social Care employers. This is a 6 week programme with intakes in February and June 2020.
  • Regular Career Workshops held on Saturday mornings throughout the year – the timings of these support the academic year in respect of subject choices. Details of these workshops are advertised on our website and our social media pages (Twitter/Facebook).
  • Step into Health Programme – Open to all Military service leavers, veterans, and their families, the NNUH is working with the Armed Forces community to provide career and development opportunities within the NHS. 
  • T-Levels – T-Levels are the replacement for the current BTEC qualifications. These Level 3 programmes, which are the equivalent of 3 A-Levels (and equivalent UCAS points), will last for 2 years and will be delivered by City College Norwich.
  • Graduate Management Training – Information about the programme can be found on the NHS Graduates website. There are intakes every year in September and February (subject to change).
  • Sixth Form Work Experience (Medicine) – For students in Year 12/13 who wish to pursue a career in medicine. Details can be found on our Work Experience page.

If you want to find out more about the opportunities stated above for the NNUH Skills Academy, please contact NNUHApprenticeships@nnuh.nhs.uk  quoting the programme you are inquiring about in the email subject title.

Also, please include a short paragraph with your query (e.g. what it involves, when does it run, why you want to do this) – this will help us to assist you with your query.

Please allow 2-3 working days for a response.


At the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we are proud of the variety of apprenticeships available to those wanting to join our workforce! Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’, being able to develop key skills, knowledge and behaviour whilst working as part of a team within our organisation. 

Apprenticeships are available across the Trust in both clinical and administrative based roles. Our apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the NHS Jobs website (www.jobs.nhs.uk) on an ‘as and when’ basis throughout the year.  New apprentices to the Trust are employed on a fixed term basis- the length of our apprenticeships will vary depending on the level and subject. Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships are typically employed on a 14 and 20 month contract, whereas apprenticeships in higher levels have durations of at least 18 months.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, and are certainly not just for those in the 16-18 age range! From school leavers to those looking for a career change, apprenticeships can be the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to begin a brand new career. In order to ensure you are eligible to undertake an apprenticeship, you must comply with the Government Funding rules.

New apprentices employed within the Trust will receive the National Apprenticeship wage of £4.15 an hour (£155.63 per week)- This will increase to minimum wage for their age if their apprenticeship extends longer than 12 months. Apprentices will also be entitled to a monthly travel allowance of £28.93 (this equated to the price of a monthly “First Bus” bus pass.

Our apprenticeships have proven to be hugely successful within our workforce at the NNUH, with 98% of our apprentices going on to employment at 93% recruited into a substantive post within the Trust!

What are the benefits to undertaking an apprenticeship?
  • Gain a qualification- Whilst working in your role, you will also gain a nationally recognised qualification!
  • Earn money- New apprentices will earn £155.63 a week. Existing staff completing qualifications will continue to receive their usual rate of pay. Apprentices are also paid for holidays and bank holidays
  • Get experience in a professional environment- Undertaking an apprenticeship allows you to gain experience in a multitude of clinical and non-clinical settings, with apprenticeships being offered within a wide variety of departments! You will receive training and support and will be designated a mentor to help guide you through your apprenticeship
  • Gives you a helping hand towards achieving your career goals- An apprenticeship is just the first step towards your future career, with additional qualifications available upon completion
  • Completing an apprenticeship will also allow you to gain exposure to a vast array of job and career opportunities within the NNUH and NHS in general

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through Apprenticeships for existing staff

Apprenticeships are also available for existing staff working within the Trust, with staff being provided the opportunity to gain qualifications from a level 2 up to a level 7!  Members of staff who wish to undertake an apprenticeship will need to have full support of their manager, must be in their post at least for the duration of the apprenticeship, must be allocated some study time within their working hours to complete qualification work. Apprenticeships will usually require the attendance of workshops or regular meetings with assessors, staff must be granted permission to attend these during their working hours.

Working for us

For further details on vacancies, visit the Working For Us section on our website and follow us here on icanbea for the latest news and opportunities.

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