Apprenticeship - Health and Social Care

The adult social care sector Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed need. Social care services are administered through local authorities working with voluntary, private and independent social care organisations. Councils may also provide services themselves or commission others to do so. In social care this framework provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including care workers, community, support and outreach workers, personal assistance, domiciliary care workers, supervisors and senior care workers.The apprenticeship framework is inclusive of emerging roles in adult social care. As well as being suitable for existing staff, this framework gives apprentices extensive opportunities to gain employment in the social care sector as well as in some health care roles.

An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career.These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. Potential apprentices will have to take a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service formerly known as CRB - Criminal Records Bureau) check. Employers in social care and in the health sector carry out DBS checks, as this is a requirement for those working in the sectors, and certain offences may disqualify potential apprentices from employment in these sectors and thus automatically preclude them from completing the framework. Potential apprentices should therefore discuss any relevant matters with their employer prior to enrolment.

This is the sole apprenticeship framework for people employed in delivering adult social care in England.This framework is also suitable for some workers in the health sector. This framework covers the health and social care sectors which include:The National Health Service, Private Providers, Local Authorities and voluntary Organisations.

The framework contributes towards addressing the skills gaps identified in State of the Adult Social Care Workforce 2010. In social care 27 roles have been identified to undertake the variety of tasks needed to meet the requirements, needs and choices of people who use social care services. The Health and Social Care Act 2008 sets the regulatory framework for staff working in social care and provides the base for minimum qualification requirements. 

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

What is included in this Apprenticeship?

All apprenticeships work towards a framework with a specified number of credits.The framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate within the sector, which includes competence and knowledge qualifications.Total minimum credit value for this pathway is: 79: 46 for competence, 20 for knowledge based, 10 for Functional Skills maths and English, 3 for ERR.

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF) – 46 credits Competence Element

Competence-based qualifications are work-based qualifications that give learners the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their competence in the area of work or job role to which the qualification relates.They are outcomes-based with no fixed learning programme - allowing flexible delivery that meets the individual learner’s needs.They are suitable for those in employment so that they are able to demonstrate the competencies that are required for work.

Most learners will work towards their qualification in the workplace or in settings that replicate the working environment as specified in the assessment requirements/strategy for the sector. It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop and demonstrate competence in areas of Health and Social Care
  • Develop technical skills and knowledge and understanding related to the specified job roles in the Health and Social Care sector
  • Have existing skills recognised
  • Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning

Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF) – 20 credits the knowledge element

This qualification providers the learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. They also provide career development opportunities for those already in work.The aim is to introduce knowledge around the following areas relating to working in adult social care:

  • Communication
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Personal development
  • Role of the social care worker
  • Handling information
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Duty of care
  • Person-centred approaches

Functional Skills/GCSE

Apprentices must complete or have completed English and mathematics at Level 1 and ICT at Level 2 or equivalent in order to successfully complete the Apprenticeship and each of these this will carry the five credit values . If they do not have these qualifications, they can be delivered as part of the apprenticeship framework.

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

An apprenticeship programme is designed to be a work-based programme whereby instructor-led learning can be immediately applied by apprentices in a real work context. The mandatory units must be assessed in the workplace, and wherever possible, it is recommended that optional units should also be assessed in this context or through on line testing. CableCom tutor assessors will carry out a minimum of 4 on-site assessments at the work place.

The apprentices will also be required to complete an on line E-portfolio using a tool called Smart Assessor.The tutor assessor will be able to monitor and assess the portfolio on a monthly basis in addition to the on- site assessments.The tutor assessor will communicate regularly through Smart Assessor providing feedback and portfolio support.

Some aspects of the qualification may be classroom taught at an appropriate training venue agreed with the employer using practical and on line assessments to ensure the apprentice has gained the underpinning theory and principles required for the role.

Functional Skills (Maths, English) if required will be delivered through on line assessment and classroom teaching.

How long will it take?

Apprenticeships are delivered to suit the needs of the employer and the ability of the apprentice, therefore the government recommends that the apprenticeship for quality purposes must have a duration of 12 months and 1 day minimum, however CableCom recommend on average 12 – 14 month completion.

Apprenticeship Funding

The government fully funds 16 -18 apprenticeship training costs. For apprenticeships 19+ the government will be on average 50% of the training costs and expect the employer to contribute to the remaining costs. Apprentices must not be asked to pay towards their training. SME’s - 50 employees max may be eligible for and AGE grant to subsidise wage costs of £1500.

CableCom offer employers a free recruitment service through the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service.

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For further information contact info@cablecomtraining.co.uk Or telephone 01642 804000

Key Details

  • An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

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Course Duration

  • CableCom recommend on average 12 – 14 month completion.
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