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Adult Care Work | Intermediate Apprenticeship | Level 2

Course Code: AP0222 Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: January 2020 Duration: 12-18 months learning and up to 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Qualification: CACHE Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard for Adult Care Worker Awarding Body: CACHE

Why this Apprenticeship?

Adult Care Workers are the front line staff who helps adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

Job titles might include: Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker - Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.

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 and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the front line staff who helps adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and 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. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

You must have an employer in place and be in a suitable administration role that covers the themes in the course information tab to complete this apprenticeship

All prospective new apprentices will complete an initial assessment of their current knowledge skills and behaviours through a skill scan. This must indicate that there is substantial new knowledge skills and behaviours to be learnt by completing this apprenticeship.

A prospective apprentice will also need to show that they are currently working at or towards the minimum L1 skills for Maths and English. Where a learner has not already achieved GCSE grade 1 to 3 (G-D) or equivalent and taken  Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills prior to the completion of the apprenticeship, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

Entry requirements

Course content

This qualification has been developed to support learners completing the Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Standard and covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the standard.

The qualification covers a range of topics:

  • Adult care practices, principles and standards
  • How to support individual physical and mental well-being
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety practices and standards within a care environment
  • Tasks and responsibilities of the job role relevant to the context of the service in which they are working
  • Values and behaviours
  • Communication
  • Supporting individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
  • Promotion of health and well being

For more detailed information please see:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/adult-care-worker/

Further information

What can I expect from being an Apprentice?

  • Excellent vocational training.
  • A salary and on-going support from your employer and GB MET.
  • In depth experience, insight and understanding of the business sector you are working in.
  • A clear career path.
  • The opportunity to achieve industry-standard qualifications and even a degree!

Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?

Applicants need to be at least 16 years of age, living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on:

  • Your experience
  • Your knowledge
  • Your skill levels
  • The business sector
  • The qualification

How much will I get paid?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to those under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeship. As an apprentice, you must be paid at least the minimum wage for your age if you’re aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Do I need to find an employer?

Yes, you have two options.

Option 1 - The best option is to find an employer yourself who wants to employ you as an apprentice. Once you have done this, simply provide us with the details. We will then contact your employer and handle all the administration so you can begin your apprenticeship at the earliest opportunity.

Option 2 - The GB MET recruitment team will try and find you an employer. The team will firstly invite you for an interview to fully assess your skills and aptitude for your preferred apprenticeship roles and do everything possible to find an employer with a current vacancy or one looking for an apprentice that fits the role you are looking for.

Whichever option applies, our recruitment team is here to guide you through every stage of the process.

Can I undertake an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, discuss it with your employer and, if they agree and subject to conditions, you can become an apprentice where you now work.

What time of year can I start an apprenticeship?

You can apply at any time of the year. The start of your work-based training is dependent on your employer and all new Standard apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training.

What is off-the-job training?

Training that is delivered outside of an apprentice’s normal working duties.

Off-the-job refers to an apprentice learning outside a regular day-to-day work environment but within working hours.  This includes:

  • Practical activities such as shadowing a more skilled member of staff or ‘off-site’ visits to meet customers or attend a trade show
  • Theoretical activities such as online courses, attending seminars and role playing
  • Learning by writing reports and work-specific documents
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