Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship

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Are you passionate about helping people? A Level 3 prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship qualification might be the first step into making ‘bringing a smile to people’s faces’ your career

Prosthetic and orthotic technician role summary

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians manufacture devices; which correct deformity and minimise pain and discomfort in people missing limbs and those with conditions that impair movement.

Prosthetic technicians create artificial limbs for patients without an arm or leg, whilst orthotic technicians create splints, braces, and special footwear for those living with conditions like arthritis and spina bifida.

Main responsibilities

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians mainly work in the NHS, but some also work at private clinics and companies that supply the NHS. The responsibilities of a Prosthetic and orthotic technician include:

  • Plan and create custom-made devices according to a given specification and timescale
  • Design orthoses and prostheses using various materials using digital imaging techniques, e.g. computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided modelling (CAM)
  • Design prostheses as similar to the missing limb as possible
  • Help people of all ages with various conditions such as spina bifida, scoliosis, stroke, diabetes, etc.
  • Collaborate with orthotists, prosthetists, and doctors.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this apprenticeship are set by individual employers but may include GCSEs, A-levels, and other related qualifications.

Necessary skills

Here are the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become a competent Prosthetic and orthotic technician:

  • An understanding of various physical impairments
  • Creative
  • Have great attention to detail and functionality.
  • Good communication skills – you will be working directly with patients and colleagues, so being personable is key.
  • Strong listening skills – it is crucial to listen to and consider your patient’s needs when designing and manufacturing the device.

How to apply

To do a Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship, you will need to apply with a health care provider. You can search for apprentice position openings on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Conclusion

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians play an integral role in improving patient quality of life. It is a rewarding role with many opportunities for innovation as our technology and knowledge progress. An apprenticeship will allow you to learn on the job and provide you with the necessary skills and experience to be a successful, fully qualified Prosthetic and orthotic technician.

Not sure about the Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship? Here are some other healthcare-related apprenticeships that might be a better fit:

Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship
Level 4 Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship

Have you always wanted a career in the dental industry? Or to learn how to care and educate those who need help with their oral health? If that appeals to you, read on to find out more about the Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship and begin your journey to a rewarding career.

The Role Profile of an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

Being an Oral Health Practitioner apprentice requires you to have a high level of autonomy and responsibility when carrying out your work. Under the direction of a dentist, Oral Health practitioners will perform an array of oral health procedures to prevent poor oral health. This involves working in the patient’s mouth and applying fluoride varnish, tooth brushing, taking impressions and taking clinical photographs. As an Oral Health Practitioner, your role will fit alongside other dental professionals, working at a level above a dental nurse but below dentists.

Dental Professional Performing Procedure

In addition to working with dentists, Oral Health Practitioners work within the community to deliver helpful information about Oral Health. Interacting with a range of ages, you will visit schools, care homes, and hospitals to educate people about Oral Health. Furthermore, you will provide general health screenings in addition to oral health checks, to ensure that the whole health of the individual is being cared for. This may include checks for diabetes, blood tests and blood pressure checks.

Daily Duties of an Oral Health Practitioner

As an Oral Health Practitioner, you will:

  • Work with a number of different people of varying ages and abilities
  • Plan community sessions and work with stakeholders
  • Prepare the dental and clinical equipment and patient records for all sessions
  • Be responsible for infection control and keeping a safe, clinical environment
  • Examine patient’s mouths for dental plaque indices and debris scores
  • Directed by a dentist, you will apply fluoride to patient’s mouths
  • Be responsible for taking clinical photographs of patient’s mouths
  • Teach and assist people with dental healthcare tasks, such as brushing their teeth
  • Conduct general health screenings including blood tests and blood pressure checks
  • Educate people about their oral health
  • Motivate people to change their oral health habits, such as stopping smoking
  • Refer patients to dentists when necessary
  • Refer patients to other healthcare professionals when needed
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What is required of an Oral Health Practitioner:

As an Oral Health Practitioner, it is important that you are an understanding and caring individual who treats people with respect and dignity. As well as this, you must be able to work as part of a team, and be able to speak up when needed. You must follow best practice and be a reliable member of the healthcare team.

How to become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

To become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice, you must currently be a dental nurse or other relevant registered dental care worker with the General Dental Council.

If you do not have level 2 English and Maths qualifications, these will need to be completed before end point assessment.

Conclusion

The Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for those looking to progress in their dental career. Providing opportunities to progress once qualified, this career path is perfect for ambitious individuals with a passion for helping others. This apprenticeship will provide you with the key skills to flourish in the health and sciences sector, as well as the opportunity to provide care and help for those who need it every day.

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Level 4 Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

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Have you always wanted to work for the NHS? or wondered how to train to be a mammographer? If so, read on to find out how you could become an apprentice mammography associate. Help and support women with their wellbeing and health by learning and undertaking mammography of individuals as part of the NHS breast screening programme.

Occupational profile of Mammography Associate

The primary role of a mammography associate will be to undertake mammography of individuals, including individuals which have symptoms of breast disease. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will be expected to have a good understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also be able to tell clinical signs and symptoms of breast cancer and be able to apply your knowledge of ionising radiation regulations. 

You will be taught technical skills in operating equipment in the breast screening programme, such as the specialised mammography equipment, and you will be responsible for monitoring the equipment’s functions and performance. You will learn how to use the specialised equipment to produce consistently high-quality images to meet the NHS Breast Screening Programme Standards.

Mammography associate performing a mammogram on patient

Responsibilities of Mammography Associate

Within the NHS, you will be working in a sector that can be sensitive, challenging, and will require a lot of discipline, and you will need to promote and maintain a professional practice. You will have responsibility for not only the specialised equipment, but for individuals in the NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the work environment. You will be expected to prepare and safely operate the specialised mammography equipment within standard operating procedures. You will also be expected to prepare and take care of individuals in the programmes, reassuring, advising, and supporting them during this sensitive time, you will be expected to have effective interpersonal and communication skills to help with this. 

During the role, you will be responsible for maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, using the information management systems. You will have the duty to perform and record routine regulatory quality control tests on all specialised equipment in the sector.

Mammography associates must act in a professional manner at all times, treating individuals with respect and dignity, as well as respecting individuals’ beliefs, culture, and values. Adopting an empathetic and discrete approach to situations, and demonstrating the courage to challenge yourself within the role and challenge areas of concern. You will be able to deliver a high-quality experience to all women during their time within the Breast Screening Programme and be committed to the role. 

Qualification requirements for the Level 4 Mammography Associate

The mammography associate apprenticeship provides an opportunity to work and learn within the breast imaging workforce, working in a team to help support women in the community. This apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for starting on a pathway into the NHS, which offers excellent career progression and learning opportunities.

The entry-level requirements for this level 4 mammography associate are a level 2 in English and Maths. Apprentices with our level 2 in English and Maths will be expected to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment. For apprentices with prior education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, a level 3 in English and Maths (British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English for applicants whom this is their primary language). This gives everyone the chance to succeed and come out highly qualified at the end of the apprenticeship.

Conclusion

The level 4 mammography associate position is an excellent opportunity and starting point for anyone willing to take on the challenge of working in the health, care and science sector. The skills learnt during the apprenticeship will open up a range of progression opportunities in the field and will give you a range of work experience you can’t find at other places of work. In addition to the skills you will learn, you will also earn, allowing applicants of any age to work in the NHS Breast Screening Programme. This apprenticeship will give you a range of opportunities and experiences, allowing you to learn and grow in a rewarding career. 

If this isn’t the right apprenticeship for you, why not check out some more of our informational blogs on apprenticeships in other work sectors!

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Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship: Midwife

Do you want to work towards gaining a degree qualification by training for a rewarding career? On a midwifery degree apprenticeship, you will learn how to give support and care to women and babies during the pregnancy, labour and postnatal period. 

What is a midwifery degree apprenticeship?

Midwives are responsible for looking after the mother and baby. They provide support, care and advice when necessary. They act as the first point of contact for a woman during pregnancy, labour and birth. Throughout this degree apprenticeship, you could become an expert in healthcare and birth, helping to support women through all outcomes. 

These apprenticeship programmes are designed to help develop your confidence, allowing you to become a competent and autonomous healthcare provider, with the knowledge needed to begin a career in midwifery. Throughout the course, you will learn from experienced midwives and practice in a variety of different healthcare rotations. You will get hands-on and real-world experience which will be vital in helping to prepare you to become a qualified midwife. 

A midwifery degree apprenticeship is an exciting new route into the healthcare profession. The apprenticeship is fairly new, having only been introduced in 2018. There will be options once you are qualified – most midwives are employed by the NHS while others work in the private sector or independently. These degree courses are typically 4 years long and will include study at a university campus, as well as practical learning that takes place at a hospital facility. 

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The daily duties of a midwife

  • Examining and monitoring women throughout their pregnancies and birth 
  • Assessing and writing care plans 
  • Responsible for antenatal care  
  • Conducting patient observations and screening tests 
  • Providing treatment and administering medication as required 
  • Supporting new parents 
  • Providing expert clinical advice 
  • Assisting with the birth and delivery of babies 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set locally and determined by each university or employer. Generally you will need to meet the requirements of a level 6 degree at a relevant university. However, if you already have a degree, you will need to meet the requirements of a level 7 masters degree. If you are already a qualified nurse, you will take a level 7 master degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  

Benefits of a degree apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary and make a difference as a healthcare professional
  • You won’t need to pay tuition fees and will graduate without any student debt
  • Work as a fully qualified midwife once the course is completed
  • Help others while you train for your career
  • The course is a practical and hands-on challenge with many rewards
  • Learn a wide range of skills
  • Learn how to manage complicated situations
  • Work with and care for people on a regular basis
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The skills you will learn as a midwifery apprentice

As an apprentice midwife, you will need to demonstrate a variety of skills to complete the qualification. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn the following: 

  • To practice in accordance with the NMC standards, legislation and follow policy and procedures 
  • Communicate clearly with women, their partners and families 
  • Confirm, assess, and monitor pregnancy 
  • Determine and provide programmes of care and support 
  • During the antenatal period, provide care and intervention (where appropriate) 
  • Learn when and how to refer women and babies in need of further care 
  • Support and care for women during labour and birth 
  • Prepare for and manage emergencies 
  • During the postnatal period, work alongside women and other carers 
  • Examine and care for babies 
  • Administer medications safely 
  • Complete and retain records 
  • Work as part of the wider health and social care team

Find out more

The degree level midwifery apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone looking to begin a career in health and science. You will have the opportunity to learn, whilst earing a salary, and working towards a career that makes a real difference every day. You can find out more about health and science apprenticeships on our website. 

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Level 2 – Healthcare Support Worker

Have you ever thought of working in the healthcare industry? Or have you ever wanted to help those in need? Don’t look any further. This level 2 healthcare support worker apprenticeship requires no specialist education or previous experience. If you like taking responsibility and caring for others, then you would be the perfect fit.

This apprenticeship covers a whole manner of skills and high-quality behaviours which will make you a competent and job ready healthcare support worker.

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Job Profile

Healthcare support workers, work together in a team to provide quality care for individuals. Within 12-18 months you will have the capabilities to provide compassion and healthcare for individuals who cannot care for themselves. You will be fully qualified to carry out clinical duties, monitor conditions of those who are unwell, check progress and comfort of our patients to provide valuable health and social care.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role

The role will enable you to take on a lot of responsibility and work closely with other care workers and patients. In order to progress, you will learn relevant standards and policies for this workplace, including the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. Throughout this apprenticeship you will have constant support in order to achieve the highest success. We will also ensure you gain your Care Certificate which will form the fundamental skills you need to provide the best care.

Behaviours and Skills you will learn

You must treat every patient with the most compassion and dignity, respecting every individual’s belief, culture, and values. This job will require you to show empathy to the patient’s situation, to their families and show respect to everyone around you. At times this job will be tough, and you will face challenges, but working alongside the rest of the team, you will end up resilient against any tests that come your way. We ensure our teams are always supported throughout their days and once you learn to adapt to your surroundings, you can thrive.

The skills available to learn along the way are indispensable for any career and they will enable you to excel in this apprenticeship and any later role you may take on. Some examples of the skills learnt are:

  • Communication – communicating with individuals, their families, your colleagues and healthcare professionals. This will become so important to your role as you can make yourself and others understood, you may resolve conflicts with smooth communication, and you will be able to handle sensitive information which may be confidential.
  • Health Intervention – supporting individuals thought-out their conditions, being able to identify signs of pain and discomfort and able to promote physical wellbeing for others. You will learn how to do routine clinical tasks, such as blood pressure checks, taking temperatures etc. This is very valuable in acknowledging signs of wellbeing at its best and when it is deteriorating and promoting positivity in one’s wellbeing and physical health.
  • Person centered care – Promoting mental wellbeing and recognising when an individual has limits. Being able to notice those who are struggling with their mental health or general cognitive wellbeing, becoming forgetful or feeling anxious. These skills are important to remain positive in your role for the wellbeing of others and being able to report low mental health.
  • Personal development – Taking responsibility for others and for yourself in order to reflect on each individuals’ actions including your own. Being able to work in a team and develop skills within the team and individually to continue learning and upskilling. The role does have a lot of responsibility and you must follow the rules in place to manage your relationships and help others to the best of your ability.
  • Equality and Diversity – following the principles of equality and diversity and inclusion to ensure every individual always gets the same level of care and compassion. This will not only help those in care, but also help others recognise every individual matters.

These skills are only a few of so many that you will learn on this apprenticeship program. They will allow you to succeed in this course and lead to opportunity in many fields.

Assessment

Throughout the apprenticeship, while you are taking on new responsibility and learning new skills, you will be assessed throughout. You will have ongoing consultation with your superiors and training providers. This assessment aims to test the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your time on the apprenticeship and to test your skills as a health care worker. You will have the opportunity to showcase skills and methods of care that you have learnt as well as compiling a portfolio of your great work to evidence each part of your role to prove your understanding of the content and practical skills you have learnt. Finally, you will take part in an interview and get graded on each step of the apprenticeship course.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship provides a high level of knowledge and valuable, transferrable skills and behaviours, proving that the level 2 healthcare support worker is a fulfilling role for anyone to take on. Whether you’re looking to broaden your skills or wanting to start a career in healthcare, this job is perfect for someone starting out, with no skills required.

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Does a Career in Science Interest You? Find Out How to Become a Scientist

A career as a laboratory scientist might be perfect for you if you want to attain a specialist knowledge of a range of Scientific Studies.

What Could You Learn?

A Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship allows you to gain a degree and carry out a range of technical and scientific activities.

This includes these specialist disciplines

  • Life Sciences
  • Chemical Science
  • Research & Development
  • Analytical

Key Responsibilities of a Laboratory Scientist Apprentice

In this role you will be required to analyse, interpret, and evaluate relevant scientific information, concepts, and ideas. Using these skills, you will be able to develop experiments and investigations in order to propose solutions to problems. You will need to produce reliable, consistent, and ethical work whilst working in a range of organisations. You will need to be able to work under the supervision of senior scientists but also contribute to a wider scientific team.

Knowledge Skills and Behaviors

You will need to have the below understandings in relation to one of the above specialist disciplines.

Knowledge

  • An awareness of scientific principles, theories and terminology of laboratory-based experimentation.
  • Business environment in which the company operates.
  • Business ethical practice and codes of conduct.
  • The internal and external regulatory environment pertinent to the science sector and area of specialization, for example Medicines & Healthcare Products  Regulatory Authority (MHRA) , Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH),  Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).
  • The requirements of internal or external customers and how to recommend the appropriate workflows, improvements, or scientific solutions.
  • How advanced science and technology are developed, established techniques of scientific enquiry and research methodologies.
  • The theoretical basis for application of the science relevant to one specialist discipline including how to apply this during experimental design and implementation of research programmes.
  • The requirements for the development and validation of analytical methods and instrumentation, including suitable sampling methods as appropriate to the specialist discipline.
  • How to use statistical techniques, probability distributions, significance testing & confidence limits, regression & correlation and hypothesis testing to evaluate results, design experiments and draw evidence based conclusions.
  • How to independently implement new processes according to the literature, data mining results and input from colleagues.
  • How to initiate, plan, execute and close a project and incorporate the organisation’s project management procedures into the scientific work environment working with team members.

Skills

  • Being able to lead performance improvement within the work environment using process mapping & analysis and root cause analysis that is informed by other appropriate principles.
  • Ensuring targets are being met and maintained and complying with procedures and legislative requirements.
  • Being able to autonomously plan and prioritise tasks.
  • Use creative thinking and problem-solving techniques to challenge proposals and build on existing ideas.
  • Promote and ensure the application of quality standards and a safe working environment.
  • Comply with workplace and business regulations.
  • Being able to present data and the results of laboratory work in written and oral form.
  • Support appraisal of scientific experimentation with numerical and statistical analysis.
  • Independently design and implement new processes according to relevant literature and other data sources.

Behaviours

  • Communication to both scientific and non-scientific audiences.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Time Management.
  • Team-work.
  • Being able to take initiative in the workplace.
  • Being reliable.

Entry Requirements + Information about apprenticeships

Whilst requirements differ per applicant per employer, typically it is required for candidates to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. This will include Maths, English and a Science subject. Additionally, you will need to hold relevant level 3 qualifications and have the appropriate amount of UCAS points for entry to a level 6 Hugh Education Programme. Other relevant experiences can alternatively be considered.

The duration is typically 60 months and upon completion, you receive a bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline relevant to the job role, for example in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Microbiology, and Genetics.

Furthermore, this qualification allows you to be eligible to apply to be a Registered Scientist (RSci) through a shorter application route.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship will be perfect for you if you have an analytical brain and are eager to become a specialist in the scientific field. The course offers you to further your skill set and gives you the foundation to have a career in science.

If all of this interests you find more about applications here! 

How starting a food technologist apprenticeship saved my life…

“A level 3 food technologist government approved apprenticeship was the kick start to my career”

This is Ronda, before discovering apprenticeships Ronda was on the verge of being homeless with her mum having to decide whether paying the rent or putting food on the table was more important. Ronda was 17 at the time, having left school without the relevant grades to go to college she ended up on the street begging for money.

It was just another day on the street for Ronda, people sneering and walking past without a second thought. Until a woman sat down next to her and asked “how much money do you make a day?” Ronda replied very sheepishly… “Some days I don’t make anything, some days I can take up to £7 home to my mum.”

The stranger stood up and smirked. She offered a hand to Ronda and said “How would you feel if I told you I can get you on an apprenticeship earning £7 an hour? “Little did she know at this point, her life was going to change.

What happened next?

After taking the hand of this stranger Ronda discovered an apprenticeship that sounded perfect for her! A Level 3 food technologist apprenticeship. With no formal entry requirements and the chance to be in employment for 24 months with a 90% chance of being kept on whilst earning qualifications was a no brainer for her. One of the many benefits of this course was that she could be taste testing food and drink to ensure the quality was second to non meaning she would be going home with a full belly!

In no time Ronda was in full swing of her apprenticeship in a large, dynamic and quickly growing industry. She was learning a wide variety of new skills. These include how to review and maintain technical procedures for food business, how to carry out internal audits and participate in external audits as well as how to act as a champion for the technical department within the wider business.

She learnt quickly the benefits of this apprenticeship:

  • Working with producers, manufacturers and retailers
  • Taste testing drinks, cakes, biscuits, sandwiches and many more
  • Varied employment and career opportunities
  • The chance to develop or improve existing products
  • Gaining core skills, knowledge and behaviors for the industry
  • Preparation for an exciting and rewarding career
  • The opportunity to travel for work

The progression routes are endless:

Through this apprenticeship Ronda was quick to find out that the progression routes were endless, these are are a handful of the many routes she could take upon completion of this course…

  • Working in the food science industry
  • Development roles, improving existing products and launching new ones
  • Factory based roles, developing high end manufacturing practices
  • Being a part of the supply chain to develop relations with suppliers and customers
  • Employment opportunities with growers, large or small food manufacturers and retailers

Where is Ronda now?

Ronda is now coming to the end of her apprenticeship, we caught up with her to see what she had to say about her experience.

Where do I start? A level 3 food technologist government approved apprenticeship was the kick start to my career, this time 2 years ago I was lost and saw no hope for me until I was approached by a careers advisor who showed me the way forward. If it wasn’t for her and finding this apprenticeship I don’t know where I would be. I am now able to help my mum pay the rent and put food on the table while learning so many skills to help me advance in my career further. This apprenticeship has really saved my life. I would advise anyone that is interested in apprenticeships or who doesn’t know where to start, to look at ApprenticeTips.com.

Conclusion

This is just one of the many success stories we have had here at ApprenticeTips.com. Apprenticeships are the gateway to your success. The possibilities are endless with the best part being… they’re an accessible and exciting training route for all. Whether your an employer looking to shape the future of the next generation. Or your considering starting an apprenticeship you’re in the right place. To find out more information or keep up to date with the latest news sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media.

Apprenticeships Jobs: Level 7 Bioinformatics

A career in Bioinformatics

Developing a career in the science industry may be hard to navigate. Here at Apprentice Tips we want to share with apprentice’s careers that apprenticeships can offer. In this post we will look into Bioinformatics scientist level 7 degree apprenticeship.

What is a Bioinformatic Scientist

Bioinformatics is a career that specializes in analytical data which is applied to different scientist problems. Examples of this includes the process of developing new drugs within the pharmaceutical industry or other industries within the science field that is for discovery purposes. Within Bioinformatics there are various career pathways an individual can look into; this includes roles in:

  1. Medical informatics: This role caters to using resources such as technology to research ways to resolve issues within the medical field.
  2. Health informatics: This insists on looking into research and data to find solutions that is related to the health sector
  3. Agri – informatics: This involves evaluating data and technology to develop issues that the agriculture sector faces.

Knowledge, skills and behaviors for a Bioinformatic scientist level 7 Degree apprenticeship

Must be able to understand how:

  1. Topics within the science field work together in a chosen field, this can be any field within the Bioinformatics sector listed above or that is in the Bioinformatics sector.
  2.  Researching Bioinformatics’ broader learning and context of life sciences.
  3. Technical limitations within biology can contribute to assumptions that impact quality data.

Must be able to present the following behaviors/skills:

  1.  Self-development skills in relation to discoveries within the science industry to help improve day to day skills such as analysis and techniques
  2. Awareness within the technology industry to help develop and present opportunities that can progress data and research
  3. Commercial awareness within polices, economics, legal, cultural, and environmental to help apply wider context within research
  4. Enthusiastic and have self-confidence to ensure that you are consistent within the role
  • Benefits of an apprenticeship for employers
  • Each employer can set the criteria for what the apprentice would study
  • Apprentices would have the basic qualifications such as Maths and English meaning that they would be qualified to start the position as an apprentice.
  • Benefits of an apprenticeship for employees
  • Once the degree apprenticeship has been completed the apprentice would receive a master’s degree
  • Work with an experienced team who have expertise in various departments who will help support experiments from the design stage to the biological analysis stage.
  • Learning how to develop plans for data purposes, this can include implementation of databases and using resources such as ontologies and software’s
  • Working with private and public resources, to take account the legal, ethical, and confidential factors and purposes.

Entry Requirements

All apprentices must have Level 2 Maths and English to do this qualification. However, a Level 3 British sign language would be accepted if this is a primary language. It is also essential for apprentices to have a background in life science / informatics or computer science.

Information for apprentices who would like to pursue the Bioinformatics degree apprenticeship

The salary for this role is £18,000, this may go up during your apprentice depending on your employer, however it is important to consider that the degree apprenticeship would be paid for. The start date has not been confirmed however this course lasts 30 months (2 years and 6 months) where a master’s degree would be obtained.

Conclusion

Undertaking a Bioinformatics degree apprenticeship allows development in skills such as learning about the technical limitations within biology and ontologies. Experiencing these skills through a paid degree allows the apprentice an opportunity to excel their career.

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Top 5 tips to increase mailer engagement

As a Digital Marketer you will know mailers are a key factor when producing content to increase conversions. Here you can find our top 5 tips to increase mailer engagement. Although, one main struggle many of us face is keeping the audience engaged and subscribed. Within this blog I will share some of my experience and key tips to help you develop an engaged and growing audience.

Engagement can be measured in many ways from open rates, click through rates, conversions and unsubscriptions, carry on reading to find out more.

Tip 1 – Subject Lines

It is important to keep subject lines short and snappy to help generate a higher open rate. If you can include an incentive or offer even better. You need the reader to be engaged from the outset and want to find out more. Another way to achieve a higher open rate is by trying to create FOMO. For example “Last chance to get 50% off, follow the link inside” or “Last 50 final realise tickets on sale now.” This type of messaging will create a sense of urgency and encourage the reader to make a conversion.

Tip 2 – Content

Within your mailer you need to make sure the content is engaging. If you are sending these regularly it is important you keep the branding consistent while also ensuring they aren’t identical week in week out. The best way to do this is by creating template that contains all of your branding and updating the content when it comes to building a mailer. Gifs are a great way to spice it up while making the content aesthetically pleasing. Follow this link to create a gif quickly and easily to add to your mailers. Another way to do this is by embedding videos into your mailers this is a feature you can do on Mailchimp and is also extremely simple to do, just drag across the content block and paste the link to your chosen video.

Tip 3 – Segmentation of Audience

Though Mailchimp you can “tag” members of your audience depending on what they are interested in. For example where you have imported these contacts from or what signup form they have used. From here you can tailor particular mailers depending on the characteristics of the contacts in this segment. This will cause a decrease in unsubscriptions as the content is audience dependent and create a unique experience for the reader.

Tip 4 – A/B Testing

A/B testing can be used to experiment to see what your audience engages more with. You can A/B test to see whether different alterations including content and copy can improve open rates. The best way to do this is by splitting your audience in half and sending two similar mailers with for example two different subject lines and measuring which one preforms best. From here you can adapt your ways to what your audience engage with more.

Tip 5 – Tracking, Adapting & Improving

Once you have segmented your audience and sent your mailer make sure to take a look at the campaign reports. Here you can check the open rate and compare it to your previous mailers, this will allow you to see if the campaign was a success. It is best to aim for an open rate over 21%. You can also check the link clicks within the mailer and see which parts in particular you audience engaged with best with and form there make that more prominent in your future mailers.

Conclusion

Mailers are a great way to spread news, make conversions and engage with your audience. Whether you are an apprentice or just looking to up your game with your mailers we hope you enjoyed our top 5 tips to increase mailer engagement and tune in next time for some more tips and tricks.

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Level 6 Dietitian (Integrated Degree)

Dietitian with patient
Level 6 Dietitian (Integrated Degree)

Are you passionate about helping people turn around their lifestyles ? Enrol now to the Level 6 Dietitian (Integrated Degree) apprenticeship, and gain a degree along side learning on the job and earring a living! With endless possibilities of where your career could end up, including the NHS, food industry, sport, media or even freelance. Carry on reading to find out more along with the next steps.

Entry Requirements, qualifications & Further Details

To apply for this role you will typically need 3 x A Levels including Biology or equivalent qualifications. Although entry requirements will be determined by the University and Employer. As this qualification includes a Integrated Degree, you will be required to complete a BSc (Hons) degree in Dietetics or Level 7 qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Dietetic Association if you already hold a Level 6 degree.

If you haven’t already, apprentices who don’t currently hold a Level 2 qualification in Maths and English will need to complete these qualifications before completing your EPA (End Point Assessment.)

The duration of the Level 6 Dietitian Apprenticeship is 48 months. Although this does not include your End Point Assessment period. Over this period of time you will be completing both on the job and off the job training. You will need to attend seminars at your allocated University and completing practical learning and assessments. While working as a Dietitian you will be thrown into the deep end and earning a living while learning on the job with real life experience.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the management of many different cases who require various different treatments.
  • Interacting with patients, families, doctors, mental health teams, carers and community clinics.
  • You will be working within a wider healthcare team but will reporting to your line manager.
  • You may also have to manage other team members including assistants and support workers.
  • Assess patients by evaluating their nutritional needs and working up a plan of action to improve their health.
  • Assessing and managing risks within a dietetic practice.
  • Plus many more, find out further details by following this link.

Job Overview

The primary role of a Dietitian is to promote healthy living and provide advice to help people make positive choices around their lifestyle and eating habits. In order to treat individuals, dieticians will diagnose the patient and tailor practical action to reduce the chances or effects of many conditions that may include diabetes, food allergy and intolerance, bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, heart disease, stroke, liver and kidney disease, disordered eating and malnutrition caused by disease. 

As well as individual clients, dieticians can also also end up working with groups and communities. They help develop and design nutritional guides to help improve diet related disorders. Whether this involves working with schools, mental health organisations or sports teams there are endless opportunities within the job title.

Conclusion

If you are still reading you can probably tell the Level 6 Dietitian Apprenticeship with Integrated Degree is a great way to kickstart your career. You develop your skills and grow within this fast paced working environment. With so many potential pathways to take once completed, start your process of getting enrolled today to find out where it could take you while learning while you earn.

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