Funding of up to £172m for thousands more apprentice nurses in England has been unveiled by the government.
The money will allow healthcare employers to take on up to 2,000 nursing degree apprentices every year over the next four years, helping to make the career more accessible, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Nursing apprenticeships offer an alternative to full-time university courses, allowing people to earn a salary while their tuition costs are paid. The programmes usually take four years to complete, at the end of which apprentices are able to qualify as fully registered nurses.
The funding should enable more employers will be able to meet the costs of taking on apprentices, and help the government to deliver its target of 50,000 more nurses by 2024-25. Under the scheme, £8,300 per placement per year will be given to both the NHS and other healthcare employers, for new and existing apprenticeships.