Improve your chance of success

There are many opportunities for you to boost your employability and maximise your chances of success.

Advanced statutory/mandatory training

You may have already completed some of the statutory/mandatory e-learning package for your role in the vaccination programme. Another opportunity to enhance future employability is to complete additional modules in this package (such as advanced Safeguarding or Resuscitation).

Statutory/mandatory e-learning modules are available to complete on e-LfH. They are free and accessible to anyone who wants to complete them.

HEE Care Certificate

The Care Certificate ensures healthcare support workers have the skills to provide safe, compassionate and high-quality care. 

The e-learning modules are free to complete. You may have already completed some as part of your training for the vaccination programme.

Once you have completed a module, you should download a PDF certificate as evidence to provide to future employers.

NHS Leadership Academy Edward Jenner Programme

The Edward Jenner programme is a free online programme that supports health and social care staff to develop essential leadership skills.

The course is designed to help you deal with the daily challenges of working in healthcare, care for patients and provide leadership for those around you.

There are approx. 40 hours of online learning which can be completed at your own pace. You then need to submit a piece of written evidence to receive the award.

PHE All Our Health Programme

The “All Our Health”  e-learning programme provides support and guidance for health and care professionals on how to embed prevention within their work, helping to reduce health inequalities, premature morbidity and mortality.

The e-learning sessions are free and available on e-LfH.

Once you have completed a module, you should download a PDF certificate as evidence to provide to future employers.

HEE IT skills pathway

The IT Skills Pathway provides access to quality assured, customisable learning and assessment products from basic digital skills through to more advanced Microsoft Office products.

The IT skills pathway is a free resource which is delivered by Health Education England (HEE)’s partner work area (Digital Learning Solutions).

All of the learning is delivered through the IT Skills Pathway network of training centres.

Functional skills

Many roles and apprenticeships require GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications. If you do not have these qualifications, there are online Functional skills courses available in Literacy and Numeracy.

There is also a Digital Numeracy Functional skills course which provides digital skills which are useful for Administrative roles.

Free online learning tools are available on the Skills for Health website.

Access to courses on e-LfH

There is a wide range of e-learning courses which are free and accessible through the e-LfH platform. You can complete courses which are of particular interest to you, and which provide you with skills and knowledge in a certain field of expertise to support you in a future role in healthcare.

Once you have completed a module, you should download a PDF certificate as evidence to provide to future employers.


Many roles do not require a specific qualification, however employers may want you to have had some relevant experience (whether that be in a paid or voluntary capacity). If you do not have any previous experience in the healthcare sector, there are several ways you can gain some experience before applying for a role, such as through an internship or by volunteering.