Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship

Do you feel passionate about caring and supporting people, and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life?

To work in care, is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.

Adult Care Workers need to have the right values, behaviours and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives, which is at the heart of person-centred care.

Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Our Apprenticeship in Adult Care 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
  • Online learning resources.
Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

The mandatory units of the Diploma in Health and Social Care cover the following themes:

  • Communication • Personal Development • Equality and Inclusion • Duty of Care
  • Safeguarding and Protection • Role of the Health and Social Care worker • Person-centred Approaches
  • Health and Safety • Handling Information

Plus a range of optional units to enhance your learning experience.

In order to meet the apprenticeship standard, you must achieve:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (England) (QCF) (Adult Care pathway only)
  • Care Certificate
  • Minimum of Level 1 English
  • Minimum of Level 1 Maths
  • Undertake a self-assessment submitted to the independent end-point assessor as a source of evidence to prepare for the professional discussion.

Apprentices can only attempt the mandatory end-point assessment once the above have been attempted and achieved.

Personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers:

  • Care – is caring consistently enough for individuals to make a positive difference to their lives
  • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity and respect
  • Courage – is doing the right thing for people, and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk
  • Communication – good communication is central to successful, caring relationships and effective team working
  • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high-quality care and support
  • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support, ensuring the care is person-centred

Values: You need to be caring and compassionate, honest, conscientious and committed.

What are the entry requirements?

Apprentices will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours in a suitable work placement. 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 (9-3) in Maths and English are desirable. If this requirement is not met, then all apprentices must complete and achieve a Level 1 in Functional Skills English and/or Maths in order to achieve 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 the workplace. Attendance at college is required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

How will I be assessed?

The synoptic end-point assessment will include two distinct components:

  • Situational judgement test
  • Professional discussion

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.

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

What can I do next?

Possible progression to a level 3 Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship or a specialist pathway. Career pathways may include progression within specialist roles such as care worker, support or outreach worker.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How is my business going to benefit from an ‘Adult Care Worker’ apprentice?
These qualifications are aimed at staff working in the Health and Social Care sector as carers, support workers, team leaders, senior support workers and managers in residential and nursing care, domiciliary care and in the community. Apprenticeships are a means of developing a skilled, motivated, quality-driven and qualified workforce, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce and increased organisational efficiency.
Your apprentice will bring technical skills and knowledge back to your business in the following areas including:

  • Communication skills
  • Personal development
  • Equality and Inclusion
  • Duty of Care
  • Safeguarding and Protection
  • Role of the Health & Social Care worker
  • Person-centred approaches
  • Health and Safety
  • Handling Information

In addition your apprentice will also learn a range of optional units linked to your business needs including:

Understanding the process and experience of dementia
Principles of infection prevention and control
Move and position individuals in accordance with their plan of care
Support individuals to live at home
Support individuals at the end of life

What will this cost my business?

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

  • 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 through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% 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. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that the apprentice 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 the workplace. Attendance at college is required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

How is the apprentice assessed?

The synoptic end-point assessment will include two distinct components:

  • Situational judgement test
  • Professional discussion

Our assessors will carry out observations in the workplace, and will support you with regular visits and reviews to ensure your apprentice is ready for the end point assessment.

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 the 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?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

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.

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Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 2
LocationColchester
Duration12 - 18 Months
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£3,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£300
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% 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.

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