Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship

Design and manufacture custom-made devices for patients with certain injuries and issues

In prosthetics, the device is an artificial limb, while in orthotics it can be a range of devices, from diabetic footwear to spinal bracing. Using the specification provided by a prosthetist or orthotist, you’ll make devices that aid movement, correct deformity and relieve discomfort for adults and children. These devices are designed to replace, support or improve the functioning of a limb or the spine. During the prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship you’ll develop an understanding of the clinical conditions that you may provide devices for, which include scoliosis, polio, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, musculoskeletal injury and cerebral palsy. In this role, you’ll develop into a highly skilled individual able to work with many different types of materials and processes to manufacture devices using the appropriate materials and technologies. You’ll work with a very high attention to detail and to very specific measurements, profiles and moulds as each device is bespoke to the patient, their conditions and functionality.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship: GCSEs, A-levels, other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 per annum

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