Becoming an apprentice

We want to help new apprentices. Here you will find information about apprenticeships. Becoming an apprentice allows you to have a job, earn a wage and get training.

Why become an apprentice?

If you’re aged 16+ and want to work in social care, an apprenticeship is a good way to start. You can be employed or in a work placement.

Apprenticeships offer you a way to gain training, develop new skills and qualifications while you earn.

What can I study towards?

You can choose between:

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

They have two levels:

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

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for these apprenticeships

However, we’d expect you to work to a key set of principles and values. For example you should be able to show you are:

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

Your employer or training provider will be part of your selection process. This might include:

  • getting references
  • looking at your school profile
  • looking at your work experience reports.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over.

What qualifications will I get?

With the Health and Social Care Apprenticeship you can gain:

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

  1. Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) in Wales and Northern Ireland.
  2. Essential Skills Wales:
  • Communication Level 2,
  • Application of Number Level 1 and
  • Digital Literacy Level 1.

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) in Wales and Northern Ireland.
  2. Essential Skills Wales:
  • Communication Level 2,
  • Application of Number Level 2
  • Digital Literacy Level 2.

With the Children Care Learning and Development Apprenticeship you can gain:

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

  1. Level 2 Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland).
  2. Essential Skills Wales:
  • Communication Level 2,
  • Application of Number Level 1
  • Digital Literacy Level 1.

Apprenticeship (Level 3)

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Children's Care Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland).
  2. Essential Skills Wales:
  • Communication Level 2,
  • Application of Number Level 2
  • Digital Literacy Level 2.

How long will it take?

You will have an Individual Apprenticeship Plan.

The time you take will be planned by looking at:

  • what you already know
  • the qualifications you already have
  • any experience you have in social care
  • how much support you need.

Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeships should take at least 12 months. Level 3 Apprenticeships should take at least 20 months.

Where can it lead me?

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

  • health and social care support worker
  • care worker
  • day services assistant or officer
  • senior support worker
  • service co-ordinator
  • senior care Worker
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • 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 assistant in any of these:

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

Where do I go next?

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

Last updated: 13 October 2017