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Recruitment process for internal candidates

Please read below our step-by-step guide for internal candidates applying for the TNA apprenticeship in North Central London.


STEP 1: Check entry criteria

The TNA apprenticeship programme is open to candidates from a broad range of backgrounds.
To meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to:

  • Be over 18 years old, as several collaborating trusts within our programme have a minimum age requirement of 18 years old in order for candidates to be accepted onto the programme or attend placements in their wards.

  • Provide evidence (i.e. certificates) of Maths and English GCSEs (grade 9 to 4, grade A to C) or Functional Skills Level 2. NB Only applications from candidates who have submitted evidence of eligibility by the time applications close will be considered.

    • If you do not have the qualifications required (e.g. appropriate level of GCSEs English and maths or Functional Skills) you will need to obtain these before applying. This can be done at no cost but can take up to 6 months to complete so it's important to factor this when planning.

    • To check if you have the right qualifications to apply, email

    • View our guide to getting Functional Skills (

  • Prove that you currently live and have lived in the UK for 3 years or more with the right to work and study in England with no restrictions. Your right to live and work in the UK must cover the duration of the apprenticeship programme.

  • If applying for a TNA role within General Practice, please note that candidates must have previous health/care experience.

  • Also, as most vacancies in General Practice are offered at Primary Care Network level (PCN), please note that it is essential that you have a flexible approach with an understanding that your role may well require rotating between two or more member practices.


STEP 2: Discuss with your employer

Ensure you have your employer's support to undertake the apprenticeship.
Resources you can share with your employer:

Once you've agreed with your employer that they will support you to undertake the apprenticeship, they must submit an online Expression of Interest form.


STEP 3: Meet with the Nurse Educators team

Once we've received your employer's Expression of Interest, we will contact you and your manager to arrange an online meeting to discuss the programme and your application in detail.

If you haven't already, you will also be asked to submit evidence of your eligibility (see above).

Contact the Nurse Educators team to arrange a meeting yourself.


STEP 4: Prepare for your interview

Following the meeting with the Practice Educators, you will be invited to attend an interview. The interviews last approx. 30 mins. Interview panels will include a representative of the NCL Training Hub's Practice Educator team and a representative of the Middlesex University, responsible for the academic aspect of the apprenticeship.

You will receive an invitation to the interview via email directly from the Middlesex University. On the day of your interview you will also need to attend a briefing call for candidates that provides an introduction to the programme.

Please note, all interviews are now scheduled to take place face-to-face at the Middlesex University's Campus. For the March'24 cohort, all interviews will take place between 20 and 25 November 2023

If you cannot attend your interview you should respond, as much in advance as possible, to the email invitation received. Generally, it's not possible to reschedule interviews. In case of extenuating circumstances or force majeure, it might be possible to reschedule the interview but only provided you gave notice that you would not be able to attend.

It is important that you prepare for your interview to the same degree as you would prepare for a job interview. Read a guide from Middlesex University on how best to prepare.


STEP 5: Prepare for your interview

You will be notified of your interview results by email in max. 10 working days. If you were successful, as an internal candidate you will not likely need to undergo any additional pre-employment checks. However, you will still need to formally enrol with the Middlesex University.

The enrolment process takes places on a platform called Aptem and you will receive a link to enrol directly from Aptem.

For a step-by-step guide to the enrolment process, view the Aptem guide for applicants.


STEP 6: Attend a pre-programme day

Once you've enrolled with Middlesex University you will have completed your recruitment process. Congratulations! Before your programme starts, you will be invited to a face-to-face pre-programme day within 30 days from the day your apprenticeship is due to start. This will allow you to:

  • meet your lecturers and fellow students

  • find out more about the first few weeks of the programme

  • receive a full introduction into the curriculum and study plan


STEP 7: Programme starts

Normally, during the first week of the programme you will attend a theory block with Middlesex University, and only then commence your practical placement with your hub employer.

NB attendance in the first few weeks is mandatory and non-negotiable so make sure to not plan any holidays for this time.