Dave, we have quite a mature modern apprenticeship program in our Medical Equipment Management Dept in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We are on our 3rd cohort of MA's now, with the first of these now having made the transition to Band 5 Practitioners. For the 1st year, the apprentices attend a local FE college full time to attain an HNC in Electronic Eng, and then a further 2 years day release to gain an HND, augmented by on the job training. Due to the part-funding from the government we wont be starting recruiting till probably about January.
The program has so far been very successfulhttp://www.nhsggc.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/2017/09/modern-apprentices-success/
So if your stepson can wait and doesn't mind a move north he might want to consider applying to us.