We work with a range of educational providers to offer opportunities for our staff to learn and develop at all stages of their careers at the Trust. These include opportunities for those early in their careers on university placements, apprenticeships and training programmes. 

As soon as you join the Trust, we want you to have the support you need, including:    

  • Welcoming and helping you to understand the organisation and how it works.    
  • A general induction (including a welcome session from the Chief Executive) as well as sessions specific to your role 
  • You’ll have a buddy to help you settle in during your first 3 months at the Trust 
  • Mentoring and supervision 
  • Access to libraries and research facilities for further education 
  • Opportunities to have your say including regular listening events and leadership forums
  • A number of staff networks, including LGBTQ+, disability and BAME. 

There are a number of different routes into many careers at West London NHS Trust.  

We offer courses in literacy, numeracy and English as a second language. We also have an very active IT training department and provide training from a basic level through to European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). 

We’re an NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) accredited centre and offer qualifications in: 

  • NVQ cleaning at levels one and two 
  • NVQ care at levels two and three 
  • NVQ administration at levels two and three 
  • NVQ custodial care at levels two and three. 

Apprenticeships provide routes into different careers at the Trust. You can earn a salary while gaining work experience and working for nationally recognised qualifications.   

We offer the following apprenticeships:  

  • Business administration and human resources 
  • Clinical support, such as nursing and allied healthcare 
  • Communications  
  • Estates and facilities services 
  • Electrical and engineering 
  • Financial services 
  • Health and social care 
  • IT 
  • Management. 

These are available at the following levels: 

  • Intermediate level  
    Apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 2 - equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and enable you to progress to an advanced level apprenticeship. 
  • Advanced level  
    Apprentices follow work-based learning towards level 3 - equivalent to 2 A-levels. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship. 
  • Higher level  
    Apprentices follow work-based learning towards levels 4, 5,6 and 7 - equivalent to a foundation degree and above. To start this level of apprenticeship, you should ideally have 2 A-levels or have completed an advanced level apprenticeship. 
  • Degree level  
    Apprentices follow work-based learning towards levels 6 and 7 - equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree. 

Meet Adam - one of our award-winning apprentices

Find out more

To find out more about apprenticeships at West London NHS Trust, contact: 

Carol Plows, Vocational Development and Apprenticeship Manager

You can also find more information on the government’s apprenticeship website.

We’ve developed partnerships with universities to provide the professional development for clinical staff, including nurses and allied health profeessionals. 

We work in particular with:    

This programme runs over 10 study days, with a focus on: 

  • Exploring how to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams 
  • Developing introductory understanding of anatomy and physiology in the context of mental health - from prevention to recovery 
  • Developing the skills needed for safe and effective assessment of service users’ mental and physical health, risk management and record keeping 
  • Introducing law and ethics applicable to current mental health practice 
  • Developing knowledge of mental health conditions. 

Our healthcare assistant practitioner programme, delivered by the University of West London, is designed to support and prepare healthcare assistants with the necessary skills to progress in their careers.  

It’s a two module programme: 

  • Module 1: developing confidence in Mental Health Practice 
  • Module 2: Developing Knowledge for the Delivery of Effective Care in Mental Health Practice.