LCR Provider Approved for NHS Apprenticeships in the Region

Liverpool City Region learning provider, Alder Training, has won approval to deliver Apprenticeships to several NHS hospitals across the region

After a tough selection process, Alder Training has successfully tendered to support the NHS recruitment drive with exemplary Apprenticeship training services, meaning the firm is now in pole position to provide on and off the job training and qualifications to new recruits and existing staff.

Recruit and train

For the next four years, Alder Training will be on a shortlist of approved companies that can help Merseyside NHS Trusts and hospitals to use their Apprenticeships Levy, supporting them to recruit and train local apprentices for many healthcare and administration positions.

Melanie Dodd, Apprenticeships Strategy Manager says:

‘The forging of a contract between Alder Training and the NHS will open up a large number of career opportunities for people across Liverpool City Region.  Alder already has extensive experience in getting young people on the NHS career ladder. This latest success means they will be able to boost the employability and long term career prospects of many more individuals, as well as supporting the NHS to maximise the returns on its Apprenticeship Levy spend.’

Apprentices will be employed by the NHS and an Apprenticeship will typically last 12 months. At the end of the programme it is expected many of the training participants will take up permanent full time employment or continue their education with a higher qualification.

Bryan Riley, managing director at Alder Training explains:

‘We will work with the NHS trusts to deliver a blend of workplace and classroom training that is appropriate for building the skills needed by the various hospitals. The apprentices will be employed, gain recognised qualifications, and benefit from valuable work experience.

‘The first stage of this exciting new venture was getting approval as a provider under the Apprenticeships Levy.  Then we competed against other levy-approved providers to be accredited.  We’ve worked with the NHS in the past, successfully delivering more than 100 Apprenticeships at Aintree Hospital.

‘We’re confident of the impact we can make going forward.’

Apprenticeships Levy

The NHS is one of the major employers that will be contributing to the Apprenticeships Levy that came into force in April 2017 and Alder Training will be actively pursuing new partnerships with NHS bodies across the region.

Liverpool Community Healthcare, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Merseycare NHS Trust – amongst other regional health partners – will all be approached to discuss the benefits of the specialist support Alder Training can provide.

Anyone from Liverpool City Region interested in finding out more about Apprenticeships with the NHS should contact



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