Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

A Healthcare support worker will perform vital roles in Healthcare delivery across both primary and secondary care by providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals.

Key qualities required to become a health care support worker include: treating people with dignity; respecting individual’s diversity, beliefs, culture and values; showing respect and empathy for those you work with; being adaptable, reliable and consistent and showing discretion, resilience and self-awareness.

You will follow the relevant standards, policies and protocols used in your workplace, including the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Worker and Adult Social Care Workers in England.
Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeships enable people to be recruited into the organisation, and provide the start of a progression pathway into the registered professions.

Our apprenticeship will offer you a rewarding and worthwhile job with excellent career opportunities in a range of healthcare settings, to include hospitals, community clinics or health centres, individuals’ homes, nursing/care homes, hospices, mental health settings and GP surgeries. You will report to a registered healthcare practitioner who will directly or indirectly supervise your work.

Our Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship will offer you a rewarding and worthwhile job with excellent career opportunities, and the chance to:

  • Earn a salary
  • Take paid holidays
  • Gain qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills and training

Our flexible and bespoke courses are designed to meet the different needs of employers and apprentices, with tailored delivery methods including:

  • E-Portfolio
  • E-Functional Skills
  • Regular communication
  • Flexible Online learning resources.
Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered as part of the Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship combines developing your practical and theoretical skills, together with experience gained in the workplace, focusing on:

• Communicating and handling information effectively • Demonstrating person-centred care and support • Treating people with dignity, respecting individual’s diversity, beliefs, culture, values, needs, privacy and preferences • Showing respect and empathy • Preparing individuals for healthcare activities • Working to best practice in carrying out delegated clinical duties • Showing discretion and self-awareness • Maintaining a safe and healthy working environment • Using a range of techniques for infection prevention and control • Moving and positioning individuals, equipment and other items safely • Monitoring an individual’s conditions (by checking blood pressure, temperature or weight) • Checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing.

Duration
Apprentices usually take 12-18 months to complete this apprenticeship, during which they will participate in training, development and ongoing review activities.
In order to meet the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will be required to:

• Achieve Level 1 English and Maths
• Attempt Level 2 English and Maths by sitting the test
• Complete the 15 standards required by the Care Quality Commission
• Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support or qualification specified by the employer
• Care Certificate

Apprentices can only attempt the mandatory end-point assessment once the above have been attempted and/or achieved. Our staff will deliver high-quality training, regular support, progress reports, workplace observations and action plans to support the apprentice from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

There are three components that make up end-point assessment for the Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship to include:
• Multiple choice test
• Observation
• Review of portfolio of evidence and an interview

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of Health and Social Care. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study, and be responsible for their own learning. It will be necessary to attend an interview with the Apprenticeship team, and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in English and Mathematics. GCSE grades A*-D (9-4) in English and Maths are desirable. If this requirement is not met, then all apprentices without Level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship; this can be done via online learning or onsite at the college.

In addition, you must undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process prior to starting your apprenticeship.

How often do I have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that you can gain experience and skills from your employer in conjunction with further online learning. Day-release study days may be required, and will be planned individually with your employer. Attendance at college may be required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams.

How will I be assessed?

  • Multiple choice test.
  • Observation of practice
  • Evidence portfolio and interview

Our assessors will carry out observations in the workplace, and will support you with regular visits and reviews to ensure you are ready for the end-point assessment. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

Assessment methods include: practical workplace observations, assignments, professional discussions, research projects, case studies, questioning and a final exam.

What can I do next?

Gaining this qualification would offer you the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Senior Health Care Support Worker apprenticeship.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How is my business going to benefit from an HealthCare Support Worker apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a means of developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce and increased organisational efficiency. Recruiting apprentices helps you to ‘grow your own’ future talent, enabling individuals without the relevant qualifications to progress their career (i.e. into nursing or assistant practitioner roles).

Healthcare support workers can perform vital roles in healthcare delivery across both primary and secondary care, and will benefit your business by bringing up-to-date skills and knowledge to your organisation.

Benefits of taking on an apprentice in Healthcare:

  • Improves staff retention with Healthcare teams
  • Develops organisational values and behaviours alongside clinical skills
  • Helps build a confident, capable workforce that can progress within NHS careers
  • Builds workforce flexibility and capability by increasing the range of tasks that can be undertaken
  • Frees up nurses and other clinical staff to take on more specialised tasks

What will this cost my business?

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 has changed the way that government funds apprenticeships in England. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that apprentices can gain experience and skills from you in conjunction with further online learning. Day-release study days may be required, and will be planned individually with you as an employer. Apprentice attendance at college may be required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams.

How is the apprentice assessed?

  • Multiple choice test.
  • Observation of practice
  • Evidence portfolio and interview

Our assessors will carry out observations in the workplace, and will support you with regular visits and reviews to ensure you are ready for the end-point assessment. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

Assessment methods include: practical workplace observations, assignments, professional discussions, research projects, case studies, questioning and a final exam.

What about support in the workplace?

Our occupationally competent and highly experienced assessors will work closely with your staff to support your apprentice as they complete work-based tasks and assignments.

Our staff will deliver high-quality training, regular support, progress reports, workplace observations and action plans to support your apprentice from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

Our flexible and bespoke courses are designed to meet your business needs with tailored delivery methods, including:

E-Portfolio, E-Functional Skills, Regular Communication, Online Learning Resources.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship
Outline: A rewarding and worthwhile job with excellent career opportunities in a range of healthcare settings

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
LocationColchester
Duration12 - 18 Months
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£3,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£150

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

Disclaimer

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