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Education & Training

At CityCare we offer training and development opportunities for all our staff members, regardless of their band level or profession.

Some educational opportunities will be dependent on previous qualifications and experience, but whatever your ambition we will do everything we can to help you achieve it.

We are a diverse organisation and we serve a diverse population where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Well-motivated people who achieve in their roles - at whatever level - are frequently identified through our internal talent management scheme.

Graduate Scheme

We are able to offer students on university degree courses the opportunity to undertake a placement year with CityCare. During this time they have the opportunity to deal with a wide range of people in a busy working environment and increase their confidence. Depending on their area of study they will gain practical experience in skills such as writing reports and policies, presenting, analysing information and organising and managing events and processes.

Work experience

We offer work experience placements across the organisation for the young people of Nottingham to gain experience of working in a healthcare environment and help them to decide what professions and areas would best match their skills and abilities.

To access work experience please head to where you will find a directory of available opportunities and an application form.


CityCare offers work-based apprenticeships that are an attractive training option for young people who do not enjoy traditional school and college learning environments.

Apprentices learn to organise their time and have deadlines to meet for completing work. An assessor and a manager from CityCare will guide the apprentice through their qualification. Business Administration Apprenticeships are a 12-month course while Health and Social Care Clinical Apprenticeships are 18 months long.

Towards the end of the apprenticeship the young person will be supported in applying for suitable roles and given help and guidance on interview techniques. The apprentice is paid during their training, and if they secure a band 2 role - as eight out of 10 Nottinghamshire apprentices do - their salary will start at £15,100. For more information on apprenticeship opportunities, please contact

Care Certificate

The Care Certificate ensures that all health and social care support workers in clinical roles have reached the same standard of skills and have the necessary values and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe, high quality care. Following The Cavendish Review as a result of the Francis Report, it provides clear evidence to employers, carers and members of the public that these workers have proven their competence in 15 standards, which include basic life support; safeguarding adults and children; infection prevention and control; awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities; fluids and nutrition and health and safety.

The Care Certificate is monitored by regular Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections and it will be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment.

Post registration learning

Opportunities available for personal and professional development following registration, include specialism training, nurse prescribing and leadership programmes.

Foundation degrees

CityCare offers a Foundation Degree in Health course with Derby University to staff at bands 3 & 4 who are in clinical roles.

The Foundation degree is a two year period of study and combines taught sessions and work based learning. Learners attend weekly one-day teaching workshopssupplemented through work based learning, where theories and skills introduced in the workshops are applied and developed.

CityCare Health Care Assistant to Nurse Training

The Open University pre-registration degree is designed to produce graduate practitioners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice in increasingly complex, changing and challenging healthcare environments in reflective and innovative ways that provide leadership and inspiration to others. Health Care Support workers employed within CityCare will have the opportunity to apply for this training. Further information is available from