New College Durham is the first college in the UK to offer an apprenticeship in podiatry.
The Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support (Podiatry), which has been specifically tailored to the role of a podiatry assistant, starts this month.
Apprentices will spend half a day studying at New College Durham and will spend the rest of the week based with an employer getting hands on experience.
Claire Kelly, curriculum manager at New College Durham, said: “This exciting new apprenticeship, which is a first for the UK, will offer a fantastic opportunity to those employed in a clinical setting to gain the qualifications and experience to be a qualified podiatry assistant and receive recognition for the work they do.”
Podiatry is a specialist area of healthcare, allied to medicine which involves care and maintenance of foot and lower limbs.