As an apprentice you’ll be earning a wage whilst you learn new skills to help you in your role. You'll complete a nationally recognised qualification and be assessed throughout your learning.
An apprenticeship is a great way to develop your skills and knowledge to become a confident and skilled care worker. If you’re new to adult social care an apprenticeship is a really good place to start. If you already work in social care, you can do an apprenticeship to help you progress in your career.
What is an apprenticeship in adult social care?
In adult social care you could be working with a range of people who need care and support, in a wide range of roles. This could include people with learning disabilities and/ or autism, physical disabilities, ex-offenders, recovering addicts or older people.
Some people may need personal care, some may need support to live as independently as possible whilst others may need care and support. There are a wide range of roles within adult social care in different settings.
You could do an apprenticeship in a direct care or support role. There are also apprenticeships available to progress you into management roles and other apprenticeships such as business administrator.
As an apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff. You'll complete your qualification in the workplace, or you might attend your local training provider such as a college or university.
Most apprenticeships last between 12 months and two years and you'll be required to complete an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.
Who can become an apprentice?
You can apply for an apprenticeship if you’re:
- over 16 years of age
- living in England
- not in full-time education.
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school as long as you’re 16 by the end of the summer holidays.
You can also apply for an apprenticeship if you’re already working in social care. This will allow you to gain new skills and progress into a new role.
Why choose an apprenticeship in adult social care?
They're a great way to:
- develop your skills and knowledge whilst earning a wage.
- learn from more experienced workers in the sector.
- gain sector recognised learning, that you can take with you to your next job.
If you’re new to social care, hear why others chose an apprenticeship in adult social care.
Why did you choose social care as a career?
What roles can I do an apprenticeship in?
There are lots of different opportunities to work in adult social care. Apprenticeships are widely available for most of these roles.
There are opportunities to work in the community, in care homes, or in people's homes.
Some of the most popular social care apprenticeship roles are:
health care worker
In adult social care you could be working with a range of people. This could include people with learning disabilities and/or autism, physical disabilities, ex-offenders or older people.
There are also different levels of apprenticeships depending on your skills and experience. If you’re new to social care an intermediate level 2 apprenticeship is a good place to start. When you’re ready to progress you could do an advanced level 3 or intermediate level 4 apprenticeship.
There are now degree level apprenticeships so you can train to become a social worker or occupational thereapist.
How to become an apprentice
If you're new to the sector
If you decide
If you decide that an apprenticeship is the right route for you, there are several things you can do.
You can then search on the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) database to find vacancies in your local area. There’s a link below to access current adult social care apprenticeships.
You can look at current vacancies and contact organisations to see if there are any opportunities for apprenticeships.
You could also speak to your local school, college, Jobcentre Plus or learning provider about opportunities. They can provide support on the process of finding an employer that will offer you the right opportunity within the sector.
You can attend local job/career fairs to talk to employers about any opportunities they may have.
If you’re already working in the sector
You can speak to your manager about starting an apprenticeship as part of your career development.
It’s easier than you think and there are opportunities for everyone, regardless of your previous experience.
Other key facts about apprenticeships
Did you know:
apprenticeships aren't just for young people and school leavers; they’re open to everyone aged 16 upwards
apprenticeships in social care are often flexible with regards to the number of hours you work every week and the time of the day you work. Care isn’t 9-5!
lots of apprentices who complete apprenticeships are offered permanent positions by their employer
adult social care is a growing sector that offers lots of opportunities for progression; many apprentices go on to take up management and leadership roles
there different levels of apprenticeships in adult social care. The level you take will be determined by your role, experience and learning needs.
Meet the apprentices: find out what others think about social care apprenticeships
Has this apprenticeship changed you?
Does the apprenticeship allow you to deliver a better quality of care?
Do you feel confident since doing the apprenticeship?
Did the apprenticeship meet your needs?
Would you say that working in care has changed your outlook?
Do you think this apprenticeship will help you develop your career?
When you click on the vacancy you’ll go through to the NAS website and find out more about how to apply. For queries about the vacancies contact the NAS on 0800 100 900.