An apprenticeship in playwork will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in a playwork setting
Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship in playwork will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in a playwork setting. You must be working in a playwork environment, typically working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time) Apprentices will need a contract of employment (if working less than 30 hours per week apprentices must work a minimum of 16 hours per week, and the overall apprenticeship length will be extended pro rata).
Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
You will be working in a playwork setting, this can include after school clubs; your exact duties will depend on your employer. Your duties will include providing a safe and stimulating environment in which children can play.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
Optional units can include:
An assessor will assess you in your work place environment providing on-going support to compile your portfolio of evidence which will also include written assignments.
If you have achieved Grade C or above in Maths and English (or Grade 4 or above on the new grading scheme), you will not be required to undertake Functional Skills.
If you have achieved less than these grades, you will be required to achieve a minimum Level 1 Functional Skills prior to or during the apprenticeship. These will be assessed through external examinations and workshops.
As an experienced playworker, you may become a community play leader or be able to progress to a supervisor or management job. You could also become self-employed and set up one or more after-school clubs.
Typical Starting Salary once qualified is between £12,000 - £20,000.