Monday, 18 January 2016
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYING APPRENTICES IN SOCIAL CARE
What is an apprentice?
Apprentices are paid employees who work within your team learning from colleagues on the job whilst also studying towards gaining qualifications.
What is the minimum age for an apprentice?
Apprenticeships can begin at the age of 16. There is information about employing young people
What sort of roles do apprentices take?
They may work directly with your clients or help provide a service such as catering, finance or administration among others.
Do I have any say in what they do on the job?
Yes, you can adapt your apprentices' programmes to suit the needs of your organisation.
Are there different levels of apprenticeship?
Yes there are three levels:
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care Level 2
Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care - level 3
Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management - level 5
Is there funding available for apprenticeships?
Yes, funding is
available from the Skills Funding Agency, You can find details about it
Can I hear about the experiences of other employers with apprentices?
Yes, Skills for Care publishes a number of case studies on their website. You can find them
Is there anywhere else that I can find more information about employing apprentices?
There are a number of resources available:
- Video '
Apprenticeships for small to medium care providers'
- Video '
Employers and apprentices'
- Skills for Care Infographic
'Apprenticeships in adult social care'
- Skills for Care
'Apprenticeship Employer Guide'
The system of Apprenticeships is being completely overhauled in England. The system of ‘frameworks’ will be replaced by a system of ‘standards’. The latest information on these changes are available here on the
New Apprenticeship Standards page.
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