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Hywel Dda University Health Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board provides healthcare services to a total population of around 384,000 throughout Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. It provides Acute, Primary, Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

The Hywel Dda Apprentice Academy provides an excellent opportunity if you are looking to join the NHS. Whilst on a structured work based learning programme, you will be able to learn while you earn, gaining nationally recognised qualifications. 

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete and are available to anyone from the age of 16 years old. As well as being in the workplace, you will attend college or a training centre to work on your qualifications.

More information on the Apprenticeship Academy is available below as well as further information about recruitment opportunities within Hywel Dda University Health Board.

For more information, qualifications or apprenticeship queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Academy by email on or telephone on 07971 480755.

Work experience

Did you know that we are the biggest employer in West Wales? We employ approximately 11,000 members of staff – and we’re not all Doctors and Nurses!

There are over 350 different jobs in the NHS so we are confident there is a career for most people ranging from catering and domestics to medical secretaries, Welsh language specialists, occupational therapy support, plumbers, electricians, environmental, accounting, IT and so many more. The choice is enormous.

Work experience gives you an opportunity to spend time to find out more about the department and the careers you are interested in, please email us at


Volunteering plays an important part in people’s lives and in society.

It can provide an invaluable opportunity to find out about the work of the NHS, as well as a range of other organisations. Whether it is a career you are interested in, spending some free time constructively or just ‘giving something back’, volunteering can prove very beneficial.

Volunteering can help individuals develop both personally and professionally. It can improve your confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills and, overall it can be very rewarding. 

One of the greatest benefits volunteers can bring to the NHS is the support and comfort you bring to our patients. We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers here in Hywel Dda – thank you!

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David Fretwell
Future Workforce Manager

I am the Future Workforce Manager for Hywel Dda University Health Board.
I have responsibility for the Volunteering, work experience and other engagements with external organisations.
Previously I spent 10 years in the Third Sector as a Development Officer and Volunteering Officer with a County Voluntary Council before coming to The Health Board as the Volunteer Manager.

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