Health & Social Care Apprenticeships
The health and social care industry is rapidly growing, needing a minimum of 2 million workers by 2025 and offering many opportunities. Apprenticeships ensure that people who work in adult social care have the skills and qualifications to deliver high quality care and support. They enable individuals to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required by employers in this demanding and rewarding industry.
Apprenticeships in health and social care offer an ideal way of developing people in roles such as care workers, outreach workers, personal assistants, domiciliary care workers, supervisors and senior care workers as well as care leaders and managers. Job roles include:
- Care Assistant or Worker
- Key Workers in Day Services
- Personal Assistant
- Home Care Support Worker
- Care Officer
- Care Supervisor
- Senior Support Worker
- Relief Team Leader
- Adults' Residential/Non Residential Manager
- Adults' Advanced Practitioner
Health and social care apprenticeships are available at intermediate level (level 2), advanced level (level 3) and higher level (level 4).
- Communication and team work
- Equality and inclusion and duty of care
- Principles of safeguarding and protection
- Person centred approaches in health and social care
- Handling information and managing care plans
- Infection prevention and control
- Lead and manage a team (higher apprenticeship)
- Develop professional supervision practice (higher apprenticeship)
- Manage health and social care practice (higher apprenticeship)
- Understand professional management and leadership (higher apprenticeship)
Individuals will gain a Diploma in Health and Social Care at the appropriate level, as well as functional skills in Maths and English which are core aspects of an apprenticeship programme.
An intermediate health and social care apprenticeship will take approximately 14 months to complete, followed by an advanced apprenticeship in a further 14 months and a higher apprenticeship over 18 months.
There are no mandatory entry requirements. The level is determined by an assessment of the individual’s job role. Individuals will be drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds and will have a range of experience, age, personal achievements and, in some cases, prior qualifications and awards which may count towards achievement of an apprenticeship.