Find out about speech and language therapy apprenticeships, including advice for employers and latest news.
The RCSLT is actively supporting the development of apprenticeships, as they relate to speech and language therapy.
The RCSLT has published their guidance on apprenticeships for universities and employers and an accompanying template to help with the preparation of a business case. You can find the guidance and template in the information for employers and universities tab on this page.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that development work has been delayed, but we are pleased that the University of Essex have announced that they will run the apprenticeship from October 2021. Other universities are also actively considering whether to run the apprenticeship.
The RCSLT and Health Education England will also be running an event in spring 2021 to bring together SLTs and universities interested in supporting this new apprenticeship for the profession.
Information for employers and universities
The RCSLT has published guidance for universities and employers to support them in developing quality apprenticeships for the profession.
We have also created a business case template to use when making a case for an apprenticeship.
The speech and language therapy degree apprenticeship standard and the end-point assessment (EPA) have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. View the speech and language therapy degree apprenticeship standard on the Skills for Health website.
A group of universities and SLTs drafted the standard and RCSLT consulted on it in 2018. It is consistent with the RCSLT curriculum guidance and HCPC requirements. It sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a newly-qualified SLT.
Information for prospective apprentices
Although the apprenticeship standard is now approved, potential employers of apprentices and universities now need to work together to develop the apprenticeship courses.
These will need to be approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the RCSLT. The first apprenticeships will likely be available in 2021, though this has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check these pages for the latest progress and updates.