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APPRENTICESHIPS

YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE

The new Adult Care Worker apprenticeship is a direct replacement for the current SASE framework Health & Social Care, England. The new Adult Care Worker standard development has been driven by an employer steering group and then refined through the Technical Working

Group consisting of employers, training providers and assessment experts, including City & Guilds.

Our Adult Care Worker apprenticeship offer is a simple solution. It provides the key things you need to sustain flexible delivery models that are cost-effective and time efficient. The mandatory qualification is serviced by our well-established City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care, which will support some continuity as we move forward into the new world of apprenticeship standards.

The Adult Care Worker role is key in the delivery of care and support to individuals in a number of different settings and situations. Employment opportunities range from residential care homes and care-at-home services, to supporting individuals to develop skills that enable them to live their lives with increasing independence and to reach their full potential.

1. On-programme: What is required in the Assessment Plan? The on-programme stage includes a requirement for you to complete an induction based on the 15 standards of the Care Certificate. You will then complete a Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care. Apprentices will also need to complete a self-assessment activity in the last month of their apprenticeship. Potential apprentices must also have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and provide the results before starting the programme. Regular reviews of progress involving the apprentice, employer and training provider will be essential to ensure you are on target to achieve your on-programme qualification and to support development of the required behaviours, which are based on the 6 Cs: Care, Compassion, Courage, Communication, Competence and Commitment.

The mandatory units of the Diploma in Health & Social Care are closely aligned to the content of the apprenticeship standard and cover the following themes:

  • communication
  • personal development
  • equality and inclusion
  • duty of care
  • safeguarding and protection
  • role of the health and social care worker
  • person-centred approaches
  • health and safety
  • handling information

There is a wide range of both knowledge and competence units which apprentices can chose from to suit their role requirement. The qualification has rules of combination which ensure there is an appropriate balance between knowledge and competence based units. Throughout the apprenticeship, a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours will also be recorded. These will include evidence to support the achievement of the mandatory qualification content. The evidence requirements within each unit ensure that the assessment is consistent, rigorous and of high quality.

There is a requirement to achieve maths and english at level 1 and you should also attempt level 2.

2. Gateway: To move on to end-point assessment, you must have evidence that you have completed an induction based on the 15 standards of the Care Certificate, achieved the mandatory qualification, the Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care, show evidence of the relevant behaviours and have passed maths and English at Level 1. In the last month of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will need to complete a self-assessment, which then needs to be submitted to the independent end-point assessor.

3. End-point assessment: Choosing an End Point Assessment organisation lies with the Employer however for this Apprenticeship Standard we do recomend City & Guilds. They are an approved assessment organisation on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO) for this apprenticeship standard. End-point assessment methods consist of;

Situational Judgement test: This test will have 60 questions based on scenarios. The test results are graded pass, merit or distinction and the apprentice must pass the test before being able to progress to the interview. The test will contribute 50% of the overall grading.

Interview: This will be a third-party, independent assessor interview lasting no more than 45 minutes and must be conducted under controlled conditions. The apprentice’s self-assessment will contribute to the interview content. Questions will be based on the content of the standard, including the behaviours and will take the opportunity to draw questions from the apprentice’s prior learning and experiences throughout the on-programme element of the apprenticeship. The interview will contribute 50% of the overall grading.

Apprenticeship standard (England only) Adult Care Worker Industry: Adult Care City & Guilds code: 4222 LARS number: 119