Welcome to the PMA Academy where individual development is supported by a range of apprenticeship standards and PMA diploma courses. The courses are an ideal way to enhance the skills and knowledge you need to further your career and attain an internationally recognised qualification. There is an option for everyone, regardless of current levels of experience.
All PMA trainers are experts in their fields, extremely capable and approachable. We provide all the support you need to make sure your study time is as valuable and enjoyable as possible.
Following successful completion, our learners will be invited to the annual PMA Academy Graduation Ceremony. This is a wonderful event and a perfect occasion to celebrate such a fabulous achievement.
Examples of feedback from our learners:
Emma passed with Distinction:
‘When I first started my apprenticeship I was new to management and had little experience in running a successful team. The course allowed me to learn all about the key areas of management, communication, conflict management and organisational strategy to name a few.
While completing my apprenticeship the COVID pandemic hit and I had to take what I had learnt and implement it quickly to help guide my team through most of last year. My Practice has recognised the developments that I have made and I have also been promoted to Assistant Practice Manager. I can honestly say that without this course I would not be where I am today. It has given me the opportunity to learn and to grow as both an individual and as a leader.’
Amanda passed with Distinction:
‘I have been promoted to Admin Team Leader now and feel that I have learned new skills, through the Diploma, which helped me in getting the promotion and also helps in my new role. These included budgeting, emotional intelligence and being able to see things from an operational point of view.’
Chloe gained a Merit:
‘Being a junior manager, the apprenticeship has taught me a lot about leadership and management that I didn’t know before and can use in my role. It has made me more aware of my leadership skills and how best to coach someone which was new to me at the start of this course. I’m sure there is lots that I have learned from it and do every day unconsciously. Developing my role as a manager whilst doing this apprenticeship has been great – It was the perfect time in my career to do this course. I think I am better at problem-solving and prioritising tasks than I was before which is important as a manager.’
Feedback sent to one of our tutors from a learner:
‘I just wanted to send this email to thank you for showing me all these new ways of learning it is really helping me to complete my units. And thank you so much for being there for me and reassuring me that I’m doing a good job.’
Newly announced capacity and funding for apprenticeships
The Chancellor’s recent news aimed at supporting jobs brings additional funding for apprenticeships.
What does that mean for practices in Primary Care?
Practices can have up to 10 apprentices at any given time, with a mix of new apprentices and existing team members.
Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice have changed. Employers who hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 could get:
- £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
- £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over
Practices can apply from 1 September 2020, and spend the payment on anything they need to support their organisation. This is in addition to the £1,000 payment already given to help employers meet the needs of some groups of apprentices in the workplace.
We have already seen evidence of the benefits apprenticeships can make to practices in terms of efficiency, team working and motivation. This extra funding is an excellent incentive to support and develop young people as new employees or as part of succession planning in the practice.
Read more here.
Please contact Kevin Maxfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacey Chapman at email@example.com for more information or advice.
PMA Apprenticeship Recruitment Service
The PMA is pleased to support you with an Apprenticeship Recruitment Service established to facilitate the introduction of 16 to 18-year-old students into General Practice. Providing young people with the chance to embark on a fulfilling, challenging and rewarding career path, it gives you the opportunity to develop them to support your practice. Recruiting and developing a young person as an apprentice is a win-win for you both with the additional benefit of a financial incentive for your practice.
For further information and to discuss your requirements please email firstname.lastname@example.org The PMA team will be happy to assist.