What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to develop skills, acquire knowledge, and gain hands on workplace experience – all whilst gaining a qualification paid for by your employer. Unlike university, apprenticeships allow you to earn whilst you learn and avoid incurring debt. An apprenticeship can help you gain confidence in your talents, approach new situations outside your comfort zone and, maybe, even unlock new dreams and aspirations.
Qualifications gained through apprenticeships have the prospect of enhancing your employability and future career opportunities. Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to study a nationally recognised qualification with the support of an employer and approved training provider. Importantly, 20% of your working hours are protected off the job training time to support your development and studies.
Typically apprenticeships run for 30 hours per week and have a minimum length of 12 months, though for part time opportunities (min 16 hours per week) the length of the apprenticeship is increased proportionately. Apprenticeships are primarily a job, so you will need to be dedicated as having a full-time employment and studying at the same time takes commitment. Importantly though, apprentices have the same rights as other employees - you are entitled to a contract of employment and a minimum of 20 days paid leave each year.
Who can do it?
Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers. If you are over the age of 16, living in England, and not in full time education you are welcome to apply for an apprenticeship.
You can also apply even if you are already working in adult social care. If you are keen to progress, talk to your manager about starting an apprenticeship as part of your career development.
Why choose an apprenticeship in adult social care?
North Yorkshire needs more care workers than ever before. By choosing to do an apprenticeship in adult social care you could be making an enormous impact to the lives of many on a daily basis. Adult social care is a growing sector that offers plenty of opportunities for progression and development. In fact, many managers and leaders in the sector started their social care journey as apprentices.
Adult social care involves working with a range of people who need care and support, in a wide range of roles. You will be responsible for the care and welfare of elderly and/or vulnerable adults, helping people to maintain their dignity and independence. Adult social care can be challenging, but it’s a career that offers high job satisfaction as well as the chance for you to make a real difference.
As an apprentice you’ll gain valuable work experience, develop essential skills, and work alongside care professionals. You’ll be a vital part of a valued service which helps people with fascinating life stories live as independently as possible. Best of all, you will be doing all of this fantastic work whilst gaining an adult social care qualification for yourself - paid for by your employer. The apprenticeship is also a solid base for careers such as social care assessor or co-ordinator. It can provide excellent experience to go on to train as a social worker or for a role in the medical profession.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels depending on skills and experience. If you’re new to adult social care, an Intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeship would provide a great foundation of development and learning to start your journey. When you’re ready to progress, or have experience already, you might go on to do an Advanced (Level 3) or Higher (Level 4 and above).