Senior Healthcare Support Worker | Advanced Apprenticeship | Level 3

Course Code: AP0356 Course Type: Apprenticeships Duration: 18-24 months learning and up to 3 months for End Point Assessment (EPA) Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section Qualification: CACHE Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Awarding Body: CACHE

Why this apprenticeship?

Access to HE Health

Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. 

You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence. You may work in a range of services e.g. hospital, community, health or day care unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service

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 L2 skills for Maths and English. Where a learner has not already achieved GCSE grade 4 to 9 (A-C ) or equivalent Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills, they must do so before taking the end-point assessment.

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What does this apprenticeship involve?

The Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeships provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to work and lead others in a variety of health and social care settings. The learner must already be working in a care setting already, helping people with a particular need and providing vital assistance to healthcare professionals in the care of patients.

The learner will need to use their knowledge, experience and understanding to take decisions within their area of responsibility. They are accountable for their work and for reviewing the effectiveness of their actions. Their role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so they are able to demonstrate best practices and act as a role model to others. The objective of the qualification is to support the learner’s role in the workplace, providing the opportunity to learn and evidence knowledge and skills as part of an apprenticeship.

The qualification covers a range of topics:

  • Care practices, principles and standards
  • How to support individual physical, health and mental well-being
  • Duty of care and candour
  • Safeguarding
  • Quality Improvement
  • Communication skills
  • Health intervention
  • Person centred care and support
  • Dementia, cognitive issues, mental health
  • Basic life support
  • Physiological measurements
  • Personal and people development
  • Health, safety and security
  • Duty of Care
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Moving and handling
  • Equality and diversity

For more detailed information please see:

https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/senior-healthcare-support-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

Career and progression

After a period of working and gaining experience, you may be able to work towards an Assistant Practitioner or Nursing Associate post or, providing you meet the entry requirements, apply to university to become a registered healthcare practitioner.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

As apprenticeships are now offering routes to degree-level qualifications they have become an increasingly preferred career option.

It’s an organic/natural career choice as apprentices are often offered a permanent, full-time position by their employer once training is completed.

Certain business sectors offer excellent career potential and the opportunity to earn very competitive salaries.

As an apprentice, you get to work alongside experienced staff who will help you to develop job-specific skills – and earn a wage at the same time. Earn while you learn.

Many employers hold Apprenticeships in high regard because they offer real industry experience.

A successful Apprenticeship provides you with a qualification and the skills you need for your job.

Course fees

Cost for an employer: 

For levy payers the maximum funding available for this course is £5000 which will be taken from your Levy account.

For non-levy payers you will be required to pay a 5% contribution (£250) and the remaining fees will be paid for from the government. If the apprentice is 16 to 18 and they start the course before their 19th birthday they are entitled to 100% of the funding with no contribution from the employer.

Wage for an apprentice:

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.

The length of program based on someone working 30 hours per week, undertaking the programme for 12 months plus 3 months EPA – If working less than 30 hours per week, the length of the programme is adjusted in line with hours worked.

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