Avensys UK says that it is ‘perfectly positioned’ to bring the benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy to the NHS, working with Trusts to train new and existing clinical and medical engineers and ‘address the lack of technical skills in the workplace’.
The company said: “Historically, industry’s commitment to running apprenticeship programmes was voluntary. However, the Levy requires employers with annual paybills of over £3 million to put aside 0.5% to fund new apprenticeships. Any money not used within 12 months will be used to finance apprenticeships for smaller companies. With the first anniversary of the Levy fast approaching, NHS Trusts should make the most of the available funds and get more people onto the new apprenticeships.”
A key element in the apprenticeships’ success is their delivery. Avensys UK Training offers the Level 3 Medical Engineering Apprenticeship, and is reportedly the only provider currently offering both the 12-month BTEC Level 2 and 24-month Level 4 Healthcare Science Diploma (Clinical Engineering Pathway). Managed at its Kidderminster headquarters, the courses combine a variety of teaching and learning methods with the added flexibility of three enrolment dates.
Avensys UK said: “Most of the course assessors received their training in the military, so are experienced and highly qualified in course delivery. They are all also practising engineers working us.”
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