Understanding apprenticeships

The HFMA apprenticeships offer a healthcare tailored programme to support you to develop your skills and gain a professional accounting qualification. Our programme will provide you with further professional development set in the context of working in the NHS that is fully funded by your employer, whilst earning a salary.


Can I do an apprenticeship if I'm in full time work?

You can become an apprentice while still working in your current role to gain professional qualifications and the skills you need for career progression. It is a great way to gain a professional qualification, be supported whilst you learn, with all courses paid for whilst still receiving your salary. The key requirement is that you work in a relevant job role.

Who can apply?

New recruits
You may be a school leaver, a graduate or non graduate who wants to start a career in finance with a healthcare focus.

Existing staff
There are a wide range of typical roles you may be undertaking however you will likely be working in the finance or related department in the NHS or for an NHS supplier.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Our apprenticeship programmes typically take around 18 months, but this can vary depending on the apprentice. The funding for the programme comes from your employer’s apprenticeship levy. Your employer will also give you study leave in order to complete your accountancy qualification and wider training.

Can a graduate do an apprenticeship?

There are no age limitations and you can also be a graduate. The only limiting factor is that you have not already studied what is in your apprenticeship.

What does 20% off the job learning mean?

To count it needs to be the case that apprentices are not undertaking normal day-to-day duties and their time is being spent doing training or development relevant to the apprenticeship they are completing.

20% doesn’t mean one day a week as long as in its entirety 20% of the programme has been spent in training and development. This could include:

  • Inductions
  • Time off in lieu for study leave outside of work hours
  • Secondments
  • Development opportunities

Will I gain a full AAT qualification?

Yes, our Apprenticeships incorporate a nationally recognised accountancy qualification. AAT is one of the awarding bodies that HFMA use to accredit their qualifications.

What are the advantages of this AAT qualification?

This Apprenticeship is funded via the Apprenticeship Levy so other than some registration fees there is no cost to the Employer. HFMA has huge experience working with the NHS Finance and our Apprenticeships are tailored to meet NHS requirements and provide the relevant skills that you need to progress in the NHS.

Is this programme recognised outside of the NHS?

Yes, as the apprenticeship is nationally recognised the skills, knowledge and behaviours you learn can be transferred to any accountancy role.

Is face-to-face / classroom learning available?

HFMA’s accountancy qualifications are generally delivered using virtual live learning and resources/activities with support and coaching from your HFMA Skills Coach. However, should you prefer face to face/classroom learning this can be arranged. This will be discussed with you at your enrolment.

After my apprenticeship, what happens next?

Your apprenticeship and the qualifications you obtain will help with your career progression and train you for the next step up the job ladder. Many apprentices move onto the next level apprenticeship once they have achieved.

How will my organisation benefit?

In many ways, an apprenticeship can make your organisation more productive, reduce recruitment costs, increase the skills your business needs, strengthen your finance function and support succession planning.

How do I get started?

To register or to get further details on enrolling onto our apprenticeship programmes, please contact:

Libby Crutchley - 0117 938 8982 or email apprenticeships@hfma.org.uk

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'I decided to enrol on the HFMA level 4 Professional Accounting Apprenticeship so I could finally complete my AAT. I am proud that Mersey Care will be supporting my development and I look forward to the next 18 months with HFMA by my side.'

Natalie Hooper
Finance Operations Manager,

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

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