Upskilling the workforce – new support worker apprenticeship frameworks approved for delivery

16 Jan 2024
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The level 3 senior health care support worker apprenticeship programme (for therapies) and level 5 assistant practitioner apprenticeship programme in dietetics are now approved for delivery in England.  

These apprenticeships signal new opportunities for support workers to develop in their roles, giving them a pathway to build what we know will be rewarding life-long careers.

They will also help ease the pressure on the workforce, supporting the growing demands of service users and meeting NHS workforce targets.

Najia Qureshi, Director of Education and Professional Practice at the BDA says, “The new apprenticeships are a great opportunity to encourage and develop our workforce, creating a clear career pathway to work towards.”

We’ve worked with the NHSE national AHP support workforce programme team, as well as a number of other organisations to develop the programmes.

A number of higher education institutes are offering the apprenticeships, with provisional start dates in September 2024.


If you are interested in putting an employee forward for one of the apprenticeships, please liaise directly with the relevant higher education institute. You can access funding via a levy to support with the cost of this. You can find out more about this, the higher education institutes that plan to deliver the apprenticeships, as well as the benefits to you and your employees here.

Are you a support worker or thinking about it as a career?

If you would like to find out more about dietetic workforce apprenticeships you can visit our apprenticeship webpages here. There's information if you are based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there too.