How long is the course?
This apprenticeship standard generally takes 12-18 months to complete.
How will I learn?
The apprenticeship will largely take place at the site of the employer, using day to day working activities to underpin knowledge that is learnt. A portion of the apprenticeship will take place at Furness College through classroom based learning. This is likely to be as part of a day release from the employer.
Off-the-job training is learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. The 20% Off-the-job training requirement is measured over the course of an apprenticeship, not per academic year. This is an essential part of the apprenticeship and therefore must take place during employed time and the apprentice must be paid for the off-the-job training.
What subjects will I study?
The apprenticeship will cover a wide range of knowledge, skills and behaviours all of which will assist the student in their day to day work duties. These will include:
• Adult care practices, principles and standards
• Supporting individual physical and mental well-being to help people live as independently as possible
• Safeguarding, including addressing personal rights and safety, dealing with abuse, comments and complaints and whistleblowing
• Leadership and team management, including monitoring and reviewing care plans and encouraging others to comply with regulations, policies and procedures
• Communication skills, including advocacy, confidentiality and verbal, non-verbal and written communication.
How will I be assessed?
At the end of the apprenticeship students will be expected to take part in an end point assessment. Here the apprentice will showcase their development over the whole period. They will complete a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise and a professional discussion where their portfolio of work will be looked at and evidence assessed. To achieve final certification, the apprentices must have completed and achieved these end point assessments in addition to the Care Certificate and the Diploma.
Who is this qualification for?
This apprenticeship standard is at Level 3.
This apprenticeship is aimed at people currently in the below role or seeking employment in the below roles:
• 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
On successful completion of the Lead Adult Care apprenticeship standard the apprentice will also achieve Level 3 Diploma in Care.
What opportunities will this lead to?
Progression comes in a variety of ways after achieving the apprenticeship, which are:
• Progression onto HE Learning
• Progression onto Higher Apprenticeship levels .Successful apprentices could progress through employment in management or lead practitioner or onto the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care or the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care.
• The potential for advancement in their job role