An apprenticeship in children and young people’s workforce will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in an early years 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 children and young people’s workforce will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in an early years setting. You must be working in a childcare environment, typically working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time). Apprentices will need to have 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 nursery or day care setting; your exact duties will depend on your employer. Your duties will include making sure that the children are well looked after, kept active and nourished. Your role will also require you to help children to develop social and practical skills.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
Mandatory units include:
Optional units can include:
You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the childcare sector. All applicants for apprenticeship training will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check through their employer.
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
This qualification is an excellent route into employment working in a childcare setting, or you may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.
Job roles include, assistant pre-school worker, assistant in a children’s residential care home.
Nursery nurse: approximate starting salary: £10,000. Nanny: approximate starting salary: £15,000- £20,000.