Apprenticeships: a new era for the profession? #Physiotalk 9 January 2017

apprentice2Proposals for new apprenticeships in healthcare have generated significant discussion on twitter over the past few weeks, particularly related to the consultation in December on proposals to develop an apprenticeship standard for pre-registration physiotherapy.

For our first physiotalk on 2017 on Monday 9 January at 8pm UK time we’ll be discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with modern apprenticeships and the physiotherapy and wider healthcare workforce of now and the future.

Apprenticeship reform in England

In the Autumn statement November 2015 the Chancellor announced that the government would be introducing a new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% on company payrolls to raise £3bn a year, funding three million apprenticeships.

As a result of this, and other apprenticeship reforms, employers will be expected to be more directly involved in supporting apprenticeship activity and developing new standards and frameworks. All public sector organisations, including the NHS, will have a legal duty to support apprenticeship starts and set a target of 2.3% of their workforce.

There is also an expectation that the apprenticeship route can be used to achieve knowledge and skills up to an equivalent of Masters level. A significant growth in the number of higher level apprenticeships is therefore anticipated (Health education England- see link below).

Our tweetchat

But what do these changes mean for the physiotherapy workforce?

During the tweetchat we’ll be discussing what these change may mean for healthcare and physiotherapy, and some of the misconceptions, challenges and opportunities associated with developing apprenticeship standards and apprenticeships at different levels.We hope to share opinions and experiences to date, as well as useful resources.

Useful resources

Transcript

Missed the chat? You can catch up with the transcript 

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