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APPRENTICESHIPS

YOUR CAREER STARTS HERE

The Higher Apprenticeship is fully funded* and an excellent route if you have already undertaken an Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship and have now progressed to a more senior role. It is open to anyone employed in an appropriate job role either as an existing or newly recruited member of staff.

Care Leadership and Management (England) is aimed at:
  • adults' registered managers (including roles within residential services) – assistant managers, deputymanagers, unit or service managers
  • adults' managers (including roles involving day to day provision in a non-residential setting, i.e. day care or domiciliary care) – assistant managers, deputy managers or service managers
  • adults' advanced practitioners (roles that require a high level of knowledge of care provision activity or a specific specialism). These individuals may not necessarily have management responsibility of staff but have some responsibility for assessment of individuals' needs. Specialisms can include areas such as dementia, assistive technology, learning disability and end of life.

The Higher Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to build on and develop your skills and knowledge at a high level. It will give you a range of transferrable skills to enable you to identify ways to innovate and provide high quality care. The framework can be tailored to fit to your specific job role and the needs of your organisation. You'll gain sector recognised qualifications and develop specialist skills whilst working alongside experienced peers in the workplace. Care Leadership and Management (England) is a mix of skills development and knowledge and combines work based learning with academic study. Work related activity means you can put into practice immediately what you learn whilst in paid employment. 

The framework explained:
This is a level 5 Higher Apprenticeship framework for those working as Adults’ Residential Managers, Adults’ Managers and Adults' Advanced Practitioners in Adult Social Care or as a Manager of Specialist Adult Social Care Services or Business Development Manager in adult social care only. This framework has been developed by Skills for Care based on the input of employers in the adult social care sector. This framework does not currently include pathways for people working in the Health Service or Children and Young People's Services, nor is it suitable for Early Years settings.
This is one of two Apprenticeship frameworks for people employed in adult social care in England and complements the Intermediate and Advanced framework. This framework covers the social care sector which includes:
  • Private providers
  • Local authorities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Individual Employers
  • Adult social care sector

Pathways for this framework at level 5 are:

 Pathway 1: General Adult Social Care

 Pathway 2: Specialist Adult Social Care

The funded pathway we have available: Level 5, Pathway 1: General Adult Social Care (This is the General Adult Social Care pathway. This pathway is not suitable for people working in the Health Service or Children and Young People's Services.)
Framework pathway entry requirements:
There are no additional entry requirements however providers must work with employers and apprentices to ensure that the Apprenticeship offered is the most appropriate for the individual’s job role, whilst reflecting individual employer and learner needs.

 

Job title(s)/Job role(s):

  • Adults’ Residential Manager: Management of day to day provision in a residential service as an assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as Registered Manager of the Service.
  • Adults’(non-residential) Manager: Management of day to day provision in a service that is not residential.(E.g. Domiciliary Care, Day Service) This could be as assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as Registered Manager of the Service.
  • Adults' Advanced Practitioner: Roles within adult social care services that need a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism. Not involved in direct management of staff but has some responsibility for assessment of individuals’ needs of and ensures positive outcomes.
The framework pathway requirements:
 
Higher Apprentices must achieve one of the combined competence and knowledge qualifications listed in the framework specification and gain a minimum of 90 credits. They must specifically achieve the following unit which is included as an option in the qualification:
  • Unit F/504/2218: Understand professional management and leadership in health and social care or children and young people’s settings

Note: As from March 2014 there is an assumption that the learner is already working at a higher level and as such there is no longer a need to undertake Functional Skills level 2 in Mathematics, English and ICT to satisfy this Framework however, if eligible these awards are available for you to study. Employers rights and responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are also deemed to have been covered at this level.

The qualification:

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services – a combined competence and knowledge qualification to equip you to be a competent and effective manager and leader of social care services.

B1a 601/4347/2 City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (QCF) (90 credits)

Diploma Pathway:

The diploma also splits into different pathways based on occutpational relevance and experience. The diploma offers 6 pathways but only 3 are eligible for the current Higher Apprenticeship Framework:

→ Adults’ Residential: Management of day to day provision in a residential service as an assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as Registered Manager of the Service.

→ Adults’ Management: Management of day to day provision in a service that is not residential.(E.g. Domiciliary Care, Day Service) This could be as assistant manager, deputy, unit or service manager. May include responsibility as Registered Manager of the Service.

→ Adults' Advanced Practice: Roles within adult social care services that need a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism. Not involved in direct management of staff but has some responsibility for assessment of individuals’ needs of and ensures positive outcomes.

The learner must achieve 90 QCF credits from the banks of units within the Diploma. The number of credits required have been set speicifcally fpr the specific Diploma Pathways as follows:

Adults’ Residential:

Unit Group Rules Required Credits
Mandatory Units Achieve all 6 units  30
Core Units Achieve all 7 units 32
Optional Management Units Achieve at least 12 credits 12
Optional Knowledge Units Achieve a maximum of 6 credits -
Optional General Units Units F/504/2218 (6credits) +4 credits 10

Adults’ Management:

Unit Group Rules Required Credits
Mandatory Units Achieve all 6 units  30
Core Units Achieve all 7 units 33
Optional Management Units Achieve at least 12 credits 12
Optional Knowledge Units Achieve a maximum of 6 credits -
Optional General Units Units F/504/2218 (6credits) +3 credits 9

 

Adults’ Advanced Practice:

Unit Group Rules Required Credits
Mandatory Units Achieve all 6 units  30
Core Units Achieve all 5 units 21
Optional Management Units Achieve at least 3 credits 3
Optional Knowledge Units Achieve a maximum of 6 credits -
Optional General Units Units F/504/2218 (6credits) + 27 credits 33

* although not essential, the most efficint route is to select your maximum allowance from the Optional Knowledge Unit grp to make up the 90 credits required. 

Progression routes into and from this pathway:

Skills for Care have developed a career pathways information tool which shows progression options at every occupational level, including Intermediate, Advanced and Higher level Apprenticeships. This can be accessed at http://careerpathways.skillsforcare.org.uk/  and it contains examples, case studies and videos. The career pathways matrix, a part of the tool, can be accessed at http://careerpathways.skillsforcare.org.uk/career/matrix.html

Progression TO the Higher Apprenticeship:

Apprentices will be from different age groups, with differing backgrounds and experience. As there are no formal entry criteria, apprentices do not have to enter from previous qualification routes. However, the Higher Apprenticeship has been developed to provide scope and breadth for those in, and moving into leadership and management and advanced practitioner roles. 

As a guide, applicants may enter via a range of routes including from:
  • Advanced, and less typically, Intermediate level Apprenticeships, often via other qualifications (for example in management or nursing)
  • Work
  • Unemployment, with previous related experience
  • Health and Social Care NVQ only competence qualification
  • Knowledge qualifications relevant to health and social care
  • Non-social care leadership and management roles
  • Social work qualifications
  • Nursing qualifications
Progression FROM the Higher Apprenticeship:
Learners may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the social care sector.
Apprentices can also move to other parts of the sector, for example from adults’ advanced practice to adults’ residential management. They can also move to the Children and Young People’s Workforce sector or the Health sector, completing additional sector and job-relevant units available on the diploma. They may also seek recognition of their prior learning in the QCF to achieve entry, credit transfer or advanced standing for a higher education qualification at a University.
Progression to professional qualification in Social Care:

Progression to other specific job roles:

  • Care manager
  • Officers in charge/registered manager
  • Day services manager
*Apprentices on the social care pathway can move to the health sector. Further detailed information and advice on careers within the health sector can be found at www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/