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Apprenticeships

If you’re aged 16 or over and want to work in social care or early years, an apprenticeship is a good place to start. Apprenticeships offer a way to gain training, develop new skills and qualifications whilst you work and earn.

What apprenticeships are available

We design the apprenticeships, but we do not offer them. You would be employed in social care or early years.

There are two social care apprenticeships available:

  • The Health and Social Care Apprenticeship
  • The Children's Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeship

Each apprenticeship has two levels:

  • The Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 (equal to a GCSEs grades A*-C)
  • The Apprenticeship Level 3 (equal to an A Levels).

There are no formal entry requirements for these apprenticeships. However, you will be expected to work to a set of principles and values, and show that you are:

  • interested in working with children and/or adults
  • able to work in care
  • happy to help with different duties.

What qualifications will you get

Health and Social Care Apprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

1. Core Qualification in Health and Social Care (Adults) and the Practice Qualification in Health and Social Care (Adults)

2. Essential Skills Qualifications:

  • Communication minimum Level 1
  • Application of Number minimum Level 1 and

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

1. Core Qualification in Health and Social Care (Adults or Children and Young People if working in childcare) and the Level 3 Practice Qualification in Health and Social Care (Adults) or the level 3 Practice Qualification in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)

2. Essential Skills Wales:

  • Communication minimum Level 2
  • Application of Number minimum Level 2

Children Care, Play, Learning and Development Apprenticeship

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

1. Core Qualification in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development and the level 2 Practice Qualification in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development

2. Essential Skills Wales:

  • Communication Level 2
  • Application of Number Level 1
  • Digital Literacy Level 1.

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

1. Core Qualification in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development and the level 3 Practice Qualification in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development

2. Essential Skills Wales:

  • Communication Level 2
  • Application of Number Level 2.

3. You can also get the Level 3 Transitional Award from CCLD to Playwork, if you are working in a setting that requires a Playwork registration.

What jobs can you get

A Health and Social Care Apprenticeship at Level 2 or Level 3 can lead to a job as a:

  • health and social care support worker
  • health care support worker
  • social care support worker
  • care worker
  • day services assistant or officer
  • senior support worker
  • service co-ordinator
  • senior care worker
  • adult placement/shared lives assistant
  • adult placement carer.

Children's Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeship at Level 2 or Level 3 can lead to a job as a worker or an assistant in:

  • children's centres
  • crèches
  • nurseries
  • pre-school/playgroups
  • daycare centres
  • childminders’ own homes
  • extended schools
  • community based services
  • schools.

How long will it take?

You will be given an Individual Apprenticeship Plan to assess the time it will take for you to complete your apprenticeship and will look at:

  • what you already know
  • the qualifications you already have
  • the experience you have in social care
  • what support you may need.

It is estimated that the Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeships should take around 12 months and the Level 3 Apprenticeships, 20 months to complete.

Certification and frameworks

We help check evidence to make sure it meets the required standards. We send certificates to learning providers who then award apprentices. We do this through Apprenticeship Certification Wales (ACW).

ACW makes it possible for training providers to:

  • apply for apprenticeship certificates
  • meet the rules and quality assurance requirements.

Training providers can register their centre with ACW. Following successful completion of registration, you will receive a confirmation email from us.

There are three evidence checklists for learning providers to use whilst certifying apprenticeships on ACW. They are for frameworks in:

The Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) will help you find;

  • the requirements for each framework
  • archived frameworks
  • keep up to date with framework developments.

The Health and Social Care and Children's Care, Play Learning and Development (CCLD) frameworks offer the best training for social care and child care workers.

They also meet the Welsh Government apprenticeship standards that include qualifications to improve the literacy and numeracy support staff to be professional and meet the needs of people using services.

For up to date frameworks and further information see Apprenticeship Framework Online (AFO).

For more information on certification and frameworks Contact us.

Supporting employers to use apprenticeships

We work with employers to guide and support them to get the most out of apprenticeships.

Our role is to make sure that all apprenticeships follow the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards in Wales.

When we develop new apprenticeships or review existing ones, we consult employers to help us identify the skills needed in the workforce.

Apprentices are given salaries, like other employees. Their salary will depend on their age, experience, skills and ability.

Employers will be responsible for:

  • recruiting an apprentice (a training provider may help with this)
  • paying an apprentice in full time employment
  • training the apprentice
  • making sure the apprentice has time for learning
  • reviewing the apprentice’s progress.

We have apprenticeship employer champions in health and social care and early years and childcare and their role is to promote the use of apprenticeships to employers, increase participation and share good practice.

If you’d like to speak to an employer champion or become one Contact us for more details.

Employing an apprentice can help employers develop a skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships can help the employer’s workforce by;

  • improving productivity – apprenticeships equip people with the skills and knowledge to do their job better.
  • improving motivation – apprenticeships can make it easier to recruit and keep people who want to learn.
  • giving relevant training – apprenticeships are designed to meet the needs of your business now and in the future.
  • avoiding skill shortages – apprenticeships allow you to gain specialist skills, keep up to date on new training and follow standards.

More information

For more information on apprenticeships see Welsh Government and Careers Wales websites.

Alternatively you can Contact us.

Last updated: 18 October 2019