This framework is applicable for a wide range of job roles within the health and social care sector and is delivered within the private and public sector. The health care sector’s primary purpose is to bring about the highest level of physical and mental health for all citizens, the healthcare sector currently employs around 2.2 million people, with the social care sector employing a further 1.3 million people.
The Care Standards Act 2000 set the regulatory framework for staff working within social care and provides a base for minimum qualification requirements.
The frameworks are delivered within hospitals, the community, doctors’ surgeries, hospices, residential homes, care homes and private homes.
Typically an individual who is working towards this apprenticeship framework will assume the role of a care officer, care supervisor, senior care worker or supervising care worker, senior support worker, relief team leader, social work assistant, social services officer, outreach development worker, community support worker, community outreach worker, community development worker, family support workers or personal assistant.
Apprenticeships are a tested way of training either a new or existing team member. An apprenticeship will provide on-the-job training which leads to an employee gaining a nationally recognised qualification which has been developed by the Sector Skills Council. The Apprenticeship framework will include the following elements;
• Health and Social Care (Adults) – Level 3 Diploma (NVQ)
• Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care – Level 3 Certificate
• Mathematics – Level 2
• English – Level 2
• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
An employee/apprentice must be over 16 years of age with no prior level 4 qualifications or above working a minimum of 30 contracted hours per week in an appropriate occupational role.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed againsts a set of nationally recognised standards which are set by the Awarding Body. The competence based element assessment will be via direct observation and work place supporting evidence. The knowledge based element may be assessed via a test, reflective review or assignment to confirm that you have achieved and understood the level of knowledge required. Whereas Functional Skills be be assessed via on-line tests.
What can I do next
Three months before completing this Apprenticeship framework a review will take place with yourself and your employer to discuss progression opportunties which may lead to a permanent employment contract, further study or indeed both.
Qualifications / Level
Employer Contribution - Funding and Co-funding available