Apprenticeships for Dietitians
Over the past few years, as part of the Government drive to up skill the workforce, including the health and care workforce, there has been a focus on Apprenticeships. In 2017, the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levey and established an Institute for Apprenticeships.
The Institute for Apprenticeships describes an apprenticeship as “a job with training to industry standards. It should be about entry to a recognised occupation, involve a substantial programme of on and off-the-job training and the apprentice’s occupational competence should be tested by an independent, end point assessment. Apprenticeships are employer-led: employers set the standards, create the demand for apprentices to meet their skills needs, fund the apprenticeship and are responsible for employing and training the apprentice” [Institute for Apprenticeships, 2018].
There are many types of apprenticeship. The BDA is currently involved in the following:
The BDA is supportive in principle of the development of apprenticeships which relate to the dietetic workforce, subject to apprenticeship schemes meeting the following criteria:
- High quality delivery;
- Occupational standard adhering to BDA curriculum guidelines;
- Standard aligning with HCPC requirements for eligibility to practise as a dietitian in the UK;
Learner experience and outcomes are in line with the quality expected by the BDA.