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 https://www.tameside.ac.uk/Pages/School_Leavers/earn_while_you_learn/apprenticeship_vac.aspx
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 completion of the Level 3 Care Diploma; completion of a work based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs; Completion of the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate. (For those who completed the Common Induction Standards prior to the launch of the Care Certificate, it will be the employer’s responsibility to judge where the gaps are to meet the additional standards).
Functional Skills at level 2 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 4 in maths and English). 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 you completing your course work, you will develop new skills and knowledge within your job role such as Safeguarding, communication, H&S. You will also need access to a laptop/PC with Microsoft Office and internet connectivity.
Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship:
● Understanding your job role, it’s tasks and responsibilities (i.e. How to monitor, plan, review a care plan in response to changing physical, social, and emotional needs of individuals) ; importance of having the right values and behaviours (i.e. How to ensure that dignity is at the centre of all work with individuals and their support circles)
● The importance of communication (i.e. How to communicate clearly both verbally and non-verbally and able to influence others to maximise the quality of interaction)
● Support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding) i.e. what to do when receiving comments and complaints ensuring appropriate and timely actions takes place
● How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals you support, and work colleagues (i.e. How to use and promote with others where relevant, risk assessments to enable a person centred approach to delivering care)
● Working professionally including professional development (i.e. How to be actively involved in their own personal development plan and, where appropriate, other worker’s personal development plans) ; treat people with respect & dignity and honour their human rights (i.e. demonstrate dignity in their working role with individuals they support, their families, carers and other professionals)
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor. Your work and evidence portfolio will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship. You must complete and achieve the 15 standards in the Care Certificate prior to attempting the end point assessment.
The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves completion of a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise as well as a reflective discussion based around the work-based portfolio you have completed. The assessment will demonstrate that you can apply your knowledge, skills and behaviours in an integrated way. These will all be supervised by an independent assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:
● Use your qualification and experience for movement into a more senior position such as management of people or services
● Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
● Degree in Nursing
● Degree in Social Work