Open consultation

Public health apprenticeships: community-centred roles


We are asking for feedback from employers and front-line workers to inform the development of a public health apprenticeship for community-centred roles.

This consultation closes at

Consultation description

In March 2019, Public Health England convened a workshop to explore the employer demand for an advanced level apprenticeship (level 3, see academic levels) for community-centred roles (such as social prescribers, link workers, community connectors, health trainers, and other similar roles).

The event was attended by more than 60 representatives from local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, charities, social enterprises, NHS providers and Health Education England.

There was broad support for continuing to scope an apprenticeship standard, to reflect both the interests of employers and the clear direction of travel in government policy around health, care and other public service areas. Details are available in the workshop report.

One of the recommendations from this workshop was to connect with employers and front-line workers to better understand the duties, capabilities and current training opportunities for this workforce that will shape the apprenticeship standard.

This consultation aims to:

  • better understand and articulate the duties and capabilities of people in community-centred roles

  • determine how these workers are currently being trained and developed to discharge these duties

  • establish the extent of employer need and commitment to an apprenticeship standard at level 3 for this workforce

Ways to respond

Use this form to provide feedback as an employer of community-centred workers

Use this form to provide feedback as a front-line worker

If you have any questions, please email:

Public health apprenticeships: March 2019 workshop report.

Published 11 September 2019