Apprenticeship Framework in Early Years Workforce Level 3

An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and up to degree level.

Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at

Apprentices are employed and many gain promotion on completion of their apprenticeship programme.
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 18 Months, but can be dependent upon your prior experience.

Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a CACHE Diploma for Early Years Workforce, Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in maths, English and ICT). You will complete a CACHE Award in Employment Rights & Responsibilities qualification. You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.

Arrangements for your off the job training:

You will attend your place of work to complete your training where you will be visited by a course assessor or contacted online. As well as completing your course work, you will develop new skills and knowledge within your job role, such as Paediatric first aid; safeguarding/prevent; H&S; food hygiene. You will also complete a 6 week project and longitudinal study. Your work will place you in all rooms in the nursery to ensure you gain experience of working with different aged children and your assessor will observe you in these different situations. You will also need access to a laptop/PC with Microsoft Office and internet connectivity.

Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship:

●  Health and Wellbeing

●  Legislation, Frameworks and Professional Practice

●  Play, Development and Learning for School Readiness

●  Professional Development
Progression from Level 2.
You will be assessed for the Diploma element of your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer assessor. Your work will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:

●  Progress to study at University or a Higher Degree

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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