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HCPC launches search for its 2024 Council Apprentices: could it be you?

16 Oct 2023

Christine Elliott

HCPC Chair of Council

I am thrilled to announce our search for the HCPC’s fourth cohort of Council Apprentices.

Two talented and motivated registrants ready to take their first steps into non-executive governance roles will be able to do so within a safe learning space. We are searching for individuals without prior boardroom experience, dedicated to public protection, who can commit to serving on the HCPC’s highest decision-making body. If this sounds like you please apply!

The Apprenticeship scheme has two key aims. First, to provide an opportunity for registrants to gain boardroom experience and skills as a non-executive. And second, to enhance the quality of our deliberations and decisions by broadening the diversity of opinion, backgrounds and expertise. 

This is a scheme very close to my heart, and as we prepare for its fourth year, I reflect with pride on the contributions of our Apprentices to our decision making and the wider culture of the HCPC. I also feel privileged to have seen first-hand the personal growth demonstrated by our Apprentices, many of whom have gone on to secure their first non-executive roles, contributing to the UK’s health sector governance.

As a Council Apprentice, you will take part in all our Council meetings and related activity. You will also get involved in the work of our Committees, to maximise transferable governance experience. You will be supported throughout this by a dedicated Council member mentor, as well as taking part in our Apprentice Alumni network to learn from our previous Apprentice’s experience.

This is a unique opportunity for the taking, and I look forward to getting to know our new Council Apprentices.

Heeral Davda, Council Apprentice from January - December 2022 and Clinic Manager, Principal Speech & Language Therapist at a London NHS Trust:

“Being a Council Apprentice has helped me to understand more about how important decisions are made, which impact on the professions which the HCPC regulates, and the patients and service users it protects. 

I have been involved in shaping key policies and procedures in a wide range of different areas, from improvements to the fitness to practise process to enabling greater understanding of the EDI issues faced by many registrants. This has been a unique experience which will no doubt shape my future career.”   


Damien Baker, current Council Apprentice and Station Support Manager for the London Ambulance Service:

“The scheme has exceeded my expectations and it will be one I will be sad to leave. I feel now, over halfway through, I have developed more confidence not just to speak at meetings but also around the level of my understanding and knowledge of the role of a non-executive.

The scheme has been very supportive, and I really feel its provided me not only with some clarity and direction around my career pathway but also a spring board to move into the world of governance and non-executive positions.”


Applications for this year’s Council Apprenticeship roles will close on 9am Monday 13 November 2023.

For more information, please read our candidate information pack available here:

Page updated on: 16/10/2023