The minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Residential Childcare is 749 hours.
Training takes on average 20 months to complete. However, this can be shorter dependent upon whether the employee has any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or unit/credit exemptions. We will discuss this at enrolment.
Everyday English and Maths and ICT to bring skills up to date. This consists of teaching, four tests and three practical assignments.
You will be allocated a competent and skilled assessor to support you throughout the apprenticeship. There is an option of day release study at College for you to gain the knowledge required for the course. Unless exempt, you will need to attend College either weekly or for a block week for Functional Skills. This can be discussed and arranged with your assessor.
You will be also assessed in the workplace and will collect relevant pieces of evidence to prove your competence and the knowledge required by the Level 3 apprenticeship.
If you are aged 16-18, there are no additional costs.
If you are 19+, your employer will pay 10% which is £300.
No specialist equipment is required.
You could progress to the Children, Young People and Families Practitioner Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard.
You could also advance your career in roles such as Home Manager.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.