Apprenticeships information for employers and universities

The RCSLT is actively supporting the development of apprenticeships, as they relate to speech and language therapy. Find out how you can develop apprenticeships as an employer or HEI.

Are you a prospective student? Read our information on becoming an apprentice.

News and updates

The RCSLT has published guidance on apprenticeships for universities and employers and an accompanying template to help with the preparation of a business case.

The University of Essex and Birmingham City University have announced that they will run the speech and language therapy apprenticeship from October 2022. The University of Sheffield is planning to offer it from 2023. Other universities are also actively considering whether to run the apprenticeship.

The RCSLT and Health Education England held a virtual workshop in April 2021 to bring together SLTs and universities interested in supporting this new apprenticeship for the profession.

General resources

RCSLT guidance

The RCSLT has published guidance for universities and employers to support them in developing quality apprenticeships for the profession.

This guidance outlines how the new speech and language therapy apprenticeship can contribute to your speech and language therapy service and the process of employing an apprenticeship.

It sets out RCSLT expectations about delivery, the role of employers and universities in running the speech and language therapy apprenticeship and available funding for apprenticeships. It also provides a list of useful resources.

We have created a business case template to use when making a case for an apprenticeship. The editable document outlines how apprenticeships support priorities, the benefits of employing an apprentice, and the recruitment process.

Additional RCSLT guidance

The apprenticeship standard

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.

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