Clinical Apprenticeships

Our clinical apprenticeships

We offer an amazing opportunity to start your clinical career with Yorkshire Ambulance Service through our Ambulance Support Worker apprenticeship. This is an Advanced or Level 3 apprenticeship and a first step to becoming an Emergency Care Assistant - and sets you on the pathway to becoming a paramedic.

How to become a paramedic with Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

 

As an ambulance support worker, you will respond to 999 emergency calls and transport individuals to and from specified treatment centres and other locations, which may be very remote settings. You will drive safely using blue lights and sirens claiming relevant exemptions from road traffic law as appropriate.

You will assist in the assessment and management of a range of medical and trauma patients working alongside clinical staff to handle and transport patients or direct patients to alternative care pathways.

You’ll work as part of a double manned ambulance crew, alongside a more senior member of staff such as a paramedic or associate ambulance practitioner

You’ll be required to work in a range of settings and environments, including, in some cases, uncontrollable environments assisting individuals at the scene.

Your clinical duties will vary. Often, you’ll support and assist the senior clinician and, in cases where patients deteriorate, you’ll provide the basic level of life-saving techniques.

This minimum 12-month apprenticeship will provide training and clinical supervision, six weeks classroom training and four weeks blue light driving training and an operational support to ensure you acquire the necessary knowledge and skills safely with all the support mechanisms that are on offer to all staff.

The career pathway at a glance for people who join us as an Emergency Care Assistant:

Emergency Care Assistant ˃ Ambulance practitioner ˃ Paramedic
Stage one: Ambulance Support Worker apprentice – 12 to 18 months with clinical support, six weeks of classroom training and four weeks driver training Stage one: Associate ambulance practitioner – 12 to 18 months crewed with a clinician and10 weeks of classroom training Stage one: Newly Qualified Paramedic
Stage two: Emergency Care Assistant Stage two: Ambulance practitioner Stage two: Paramedic
  Stage three: Paramedic apprentice – with two years of university study  

 

Some of our apprentice stories

Former veterinary nurse Rachael Palmer joined us in 2018 and was one of the first people to do the Ambulance Support Worker apprenticeship at the Trust.

Emergency Care Assistant Rachael said: “It worked really well for me. I am a mum but managed to find the time to study and carry out the knowledge tasks which are assessed as part of the apprenticeship. I did the studying in my own time or if I managed to find time while I was on the station.

“I have had really good support and worked with loads of people at different stations and they have all been great. Learning on the job from skilled and experienced clinicians has been great."

Rachael said; “Earning while you are learning is very attractive and there is nothing like gaining hands-on experience. My long-term plan is to be a paramedic and this is the start of the career pathway.”

 

Jamie Goulding joined us in 2018 after working for a private ambulance service for around six years. As soon as he heard about the apprenticeship opportunity and the career pathway from Emergency Care Assistant to Paramedic, he was keen to get involved.

“I didn’t know initially what the 13-month apprenticeship entailed but I knew I wanted to work towards being a Paramedic – it’s something I have always wanted to do.”

Jamie, who is married with a family, said he found the balance of work and study worked well for him and would recommend the apprenticeship to others who aspire to become a paramedic.

“I managed to get all the work submitted well within time. Working with the clinicians is a really good experience - they are very understanding and happy to talk things through, which can be particularly helpful after a difficult call."

“The training covers important areas such as mental health and dementia and helps us understand and communicate with our patients beyond the medical issues. My eyes have been opened over the last year, it’s really helped me with my role.”

Jamie, a keen football fan, is now also part of our events team, which provide medical cover for sporting events and festivals. This gave him the chance to meet his sporting hero, ex England international and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, while he was covering a Doncaster Rovers game.

 

Ashley Bates remembers wanting to be a paramedic as a child and in 2019 he joined Yorkshire Ambulance Service and started to make his dream a reality.

For 13 years he was an industrial engraver, managing the business for the owner, and said he spent many years looking to see if there were opportunities to join us.

He said: “I was at work one day glancing through the jobs and I saw the Emergency Care Assistant role. I thought if I do not try for it I will be really annoyed.

“I was part of the first group to do the apprenticeship. You do need to dedicate yourself to it but if you follow a structure you can’t go wrong.

“I am dedicated to being a paramedic. Don’t join if you want a 9 to 5 job but I absolutely love it – it’s a way of life.”

The next step for Ashley and others on the paramedic career pathway is the Associate Ambulance Practitioner apprenticeship.

Entry requirements for Ambulance Support Worker apprenticeship

You will need to be 18 or over.

You'll usually need five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.

You will need a full driving licence with C1 category.

You will require enhanced DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) clearance - vulnerable groups of people need to be protected and DBS checks assist in ensuring that the most suitable people are appointed to roles working with these vulnerable groups.

More information

Visit: You can find out more at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Next steps:

Look to see if there are any current apprenticeship vacancies on our vacancies page.

If you have any further questions please email yas.apprenticeships@nhs.net