Health and Social Care Apprenticeship (Level 2)
The health and social care sector is a vital industry that works to ensure the health and welfare of vulnerable people. This may involve working in nursing homes with the elderly, supporting children or young people facing difficult circumstances, or even offering advice within a health care setting.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine practical on?the?job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.
Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.
How much will I earn?
With an apprenticeship you will earn while you learn. You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. As of 1st October 2016, this is £3.40 an hour for 16 to 18 year olds. This is also the same for apprentices over the age of 19 but in their first year of their apprenticeship.
Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?
This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or looking to gain employment within this sector as a Care Assistant, Support Worker (Supported Living), Key Workers (Residential), Domiciliary Services, Substance Misuse, and Mental Health.
What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?
Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:
- Infection diagnosis and control
- Understanding the impact of acquired brain injuries
- Understanding the rights and choices for individuals with dementia while minimising risks
- Handling information in health and social care settings
- Working under supervision and alongside health and social care professionals
You will also gain the following qualifications:
- Competence Qualification - Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (City & Guilds)
- Knowledge Qualification - Level 2 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (City & Guilds)
- Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care (City & Guilds)
- Level 1 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
- Level 1 Functional Skills English (NCFE)
What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?
- A respectful and caring approach to others
- Must have empathy, patience and a willingness to deliver excellent care
- Be 100% committed to your role
- Be punctual
- Have a passion for health and social care
- Team working skills
- The ability to use your own initiative
- An understanding of health and safety guidelines
- The ability to work calmly under pressure
Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?
This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.
You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs.
If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.
How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?
Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 12 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.
How will I be assessed?
As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work?related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.
How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?
This apprenticeship ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for individuals.
What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?
Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.Ref: Caroline Lidster