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About the Academy at NHS Digital

The Academy sit at the heart of NHS Digital, providing early career development opportunities to individuals who are passionate about using information and technology to provide better health and care.

We support the organisation to attract great people and develop talent to meet our future workforce needs. 

What we do

We are responsible for ensuring that NHS Digital attract and develop high quality trainees, recruiting to early careers development schemes such as graduate, apprentice, industry placement and summer internships.  

We achieve this by:

  • attracting and selecting talented people at the early stage of their career journey
  • engaging with students, school leavers and people looking for a career, sources of talent such as universities, our own workforce and other organisations
  • providing the best experience, training and support for all trainees
  • working to improve quality through innovation
  • raising the profile of NHS Digital as an employer of choice for early careers
Our vision
Our vision

NHS Digital is the place that launches technology careers of future leaders and influential specialists in the NHS and social care.

Who we look for

We are looking for talented and driven individuals who want to start a new career with us. You will be passionate about new technologies and full of ideas and initiative. Above all you will have a willingness to learn.

Our four main schemes are:

  • our graduate scheme, giving successful applicants a two year set of placements around our business
  • the apprenticeship scheme, which combines a practical job with study, and leading to a recognised qualification
  • summer internships, where students can be paid for eight weeks of industry experience
  • industry placements, helping students who need to spend a year in industry for their degree

How we support our trainees

Trainees will receive a competitive starting salary while learning new skills and gaining qualifications. 

Every trainee will have a support network including our Academy team, a career manager, a buddy and a community of practice. 

At the end of a structured programme, trainees who meet the scheme success criteria -  which include demonstrating professional competencies and NHS Digital values and behaviours - will be eligible to join us on a permanent basis and an increased salary.

The graduate scheme kickstarted my career. I was able to move between projects and gain hands-on experience, delivering some of the most critical services in the NHS.


The breadth of experience available to me provided me with the perfect foundation to develop the broad skillset that's required in today's tech industry. Now I'm building public-facing, cloud-based services using cutting edge AWS technologies.

How to apply

All roles are advertised through our jobs pages, where you can also sign up for job alerts to be one of the first to know when new roles are advertised.

Most of our trainee adverts are live in October and November for the following September starts. Some roles are advertised throughout the year.

Contact us

If you would like to contact the Academy team, please email:

How we've done so far

Our Academy was formed in 2015 with the aim of developing people at the very start of their career to achieve their ambitions and realise their hidden potential, opening a new world of possibilities. Following early success, the Academy is growing and now includes people of at all stages of their working life including our own employees who wish to pursue professional careers in the digital world.

Download the data for this chart Trainees by profession (percent)

Further information

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    Graduate scheme

    The graduate scheme is a two year training programme, run by NHS Digital, to develop our workforce to meet the future needs of our business.

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    Apprenticeship scheme

    An apprenticeship combines a practical job with study. The standards are designed by industry organisations and end with a qualification, ranging from GSCE to degree level.

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    Summer internships

    Summer internships are an eight week fixed-term paid opportunity. Interns are usually undergraduates or further education students looking for industry experience in their summer vacation.

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    Industry placements

    Industry placements form part of a student's degree course and involve working in a role related to their degree subject for 12 months.

Last edited: 20 August 2019 11:29 am