An apprenticeship in health and social care will develop your employability skills and give you valuable on the job experience.
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 health and social care will develop your employability skills and give you valuable on the job experience. You will need to be working in a health and social care environment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time). Apprentices will need to have a contract of employment.
Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
Social care is helping someone with a particular need. The duties that you may be carrying out can include helping people get dressed, transporting them to and from a residential home or taking them shopping. Your exact duties will depend on your employer.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
Mandatory units include:
Optional units can include:
You will need to have obtained a C or above in GCSE English and Maths otherwise minimum Entry Level 3 at initial assessment in English and maths.
You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the Health and Social care sector. Applicants applying for apprenticeships will need to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments.
You will be continually assessed throughout your training either through online programmes or by your assessor in the workplace. Most assessments will be carried out in the work place, and will be evidenced through a portfolio of work.
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.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you could progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Health and Social care.
Other roles include: healthcare support worker, healthcare assistant, care assistant, personal assistant, relief team worker, night care assistant, support worker – supported living, key workers in residential, domiciliary or day services, home care support worker, substance misuse worker, mental health support or outreach worker, re-enablement worker.
Health care assistant typical starting salary: £13,500 - £16,000.