Health & Social Care Apprenticeship Standards and Frameworks

What is the Adult Care Worker Standard?

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

What job will I be doing?

Job titles might include: Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker – Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 16 or over and working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 1 English and Maths and have taken level 2 English and Maths tests before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must have an appropriate Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

For a full breakdown and further information on this apprenticeship standard please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships – or click on the links below to download PDF files.

Adult Care Worker Information SheetAdult Care Worker Skills Scan

What is the Lead Adult Care Worker Standard?

Typically this apprenticeship will take 13 -18 months.

Lead Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. In addition, Lead Adult Care Workers have responsibility for providing supervision, frontline leadership, guidance and direction for others, or working autonomously, exercising judgement and accountability.

As a Lead Adult Care Worker you will make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. You will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery you will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. Lead Adult Care Workers will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers. This exercising of autonomy and accountability means leading and supporting others to comply with expected standards and behaviours.

Lead Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres or some clinical healthcare settings. As well as covering Lead Adult Care Workers this standard also covers Lead Personal Assistants who can work at this senior level but they may only work directly for one individual who needs support and/or care services, usually within their own home.

What job will I be doing?

Typical job titles include Care Officer, Care Supervisor, Senior Care Worker, Supervising Care Worker, Senior Support Worker, Relief Team Leader, Social Work Assistant, Social Services Officer, Outreach Development Worker, Community Support Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Development Worker, Family Support Worker or Personal Assistant. These could all specialise in a variety of areas such as learning disability, mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, homecare, dementia and end-of-life care.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 16 or over and working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 2 English and Maths before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must have an appropriate Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

For a full breakdown and further information on this apprenticeship standard please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships – or click on the links below to download PDF files.

Lead Adult Care Worker Information SheetLead Adult Care Worker Skills Scan

Apprentice Reforms

Standards for the level 4 Lead Practitioner in Adult Care and level 5 Leader in Adult Care are currently in development.  It is expected that these will be ready for delivery during 2018 and TheLightBulb intend to deliver these as replacements for this framework.  For further information on these standards please visit the following website – Institute for Apprenticeships

 

What is this framework?

This Apprenticeship is intended to attract new talent into a career in care or to help up skill you in your existing career.  If this apprenticeship is chosen you will gain employer led, up to date, flexible qualifications which meet the changing skills needs of employers within this industry.  You will also develop the skills, knowledge and experience needed to look after the well-being and comfort of individuals. For an advanced apprentice these skills could involve competence in a specialist area and/ or across a varied range of responsibilities.

By developing the knowledge and competencies required, you will be able to provide high quality and safe care for those who use services.

What qualifications will I achieve?

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Functional Skills Qualification in English Level 2
  • Functional Skills Qualification in Mathematics Level 2
  • City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and
    Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Setting
  • Non Accredited Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

What job roles are suitable?

Suggested roles for this apprenticeship are:

Senior Care Worker OR Supervising Care Worker

As care worker/ assistant, with the additional duties of front line supervision and monitoring.  The senior care worker will often be in charge of a shift of workers and will take responsibility  

Senior Support Worker

Senior support workers provide support to the home manager in the running of the home and the supervision of the staff.  They also provide personal care and support to people who use services.

Social Services Officer

Provides assessment and care management services to service user groups, using appropriate resources available.  May be responsible for providing the initial response to routine enquiries and requests for information, advice discussion of problems/difficulties from people who use services.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be 16 or over and working at least 30 hours per week including all training and study time.
  • Must be in an occupation relevant to the apprenticeship and hold a contract of employment.
  • Must be allowed to use 20% of their working time to complete off the job training.
  • Will need to achieve level 2 English and Maths before completing the programme if not already certificated.
  • Must hold an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate prior to starting.

What’s Next?

If you are an employer wanting to up skill your staff, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected].  For information on the Work Force Development Fund which you can access in addition to an apprenticeship please click here.

For more information on how we can get you an apprenticeship and a job, please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

If you are already in employment but would like to up skill to benefit yourself and your organisation please call 01268 270648 or email [email protected]

Health & Social Care Information Sheet

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