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Leadership and Management within Adult Social Care Apprenticeship (Level 5)

The social care sector is a vital industry that works to ensure the health and welfare of vulnerable individuals. Many roles within this industry involve working in hospitals, residential care settings or supported living with the elderly, children or young people, who are facing difficult circumstances.

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 level 5 higher apprenticeship is suitable for those currently working as an Adult Residential Manager, Advanced Practitioner in Adult Social Care, Manager of Specialist Adult Social Care Services or Business Development Manager in adult social care. This apprenticeship aims to enhance the skills already gained and provide the opportunity to build upon both managerial skills and care skills within an adult social care setting.

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:

  • The assessment of individual needs
  • Planning and review of care programmes
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Risk management
  • Effective governance
  • Domiciliary care management

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care (City & Guilds)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • A strong understanding of health and safety guidelines
  • The ability to maintain a safe environment
  • Compliant with all policies and procedures
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality of all information

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 18 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?

Leadership and Management as a part of the Workforce Development Strategy "Capable, Confident and Skilled. A workforce development strategy", published by Skills for Care in May 2011, highlights the importance of Apprenticeships as well as development of leaders, managers and registered managers who all have clear career pathways, access to learning opportunities and qualifications.

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

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