Apprentice EMT role - Change to the recruitment process and criteria


A new advert will be going live on NHS Jobs this week for the apprentice emergency medical technician role which is open to all existing staff and external candidates.

The new process is for all applications to go through NHS Jobs.  Staff will only need to complete the short version of the application form. Working in partnership with elected UNISON representatives Michael Whitcombe & Graham Hillman, the reason for this change is to ensure a smoother and more efficient recruitment experience for you.

Change to entry criteria

To comply with the entry requirements for the national Apprentice Standard applicants will be asked to hold (and can evidence by certificate) one of the following in both Maths and English at the point of application.

  • GCSE or O Level Grade C or above.
  • CSE Grade 1
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • International equivalents with translation and NARIC statement to evidence equivalency.

The EMT pathway is a significant undertaking and is a level 4 qualification which is equivalent to a certificate in higher education. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths must be achieved by the end of the apprenticeship. By asking you to do this qualification BEFORE applying helps take off the time pressure to complete it during the course and allows you to concentrate fully on the apprenticeship course itself.

If you don’t hold a GCSE grade C or above, completing a Functional Skills Level 2 qualification is usually free of charge at most public colleges.  For more information and advice regarding this please email and discuss this with your line Manager during your appraisal.

Please note that these changes do not affect those who have already been through the recruitment process for a course starting in January or March 2019.

Published 26th November 2018
Updated 30th November 2018

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