START YOUR CAREER IN CAREEarn while you learn
An Apprenticeship is a great way to start a career in care, whatever your age. It is a genuine, paid job accompanied by a skills development and assessment programme. Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role, supported by their manager and an Apprenticeship training provider.
An Apprenticeship involves a mixture of learning in the workplace, training off-the-job and practicing new skills in a real work environment. Apprenticeships can also be used to upskill existing members of staff onto higher qualifications.
During an Apprenticeship you will learn skills and gain the knowledge required to carry out your role. You will spend 80% of your time working with your employer, and 20% of your time in off the job training which could be going to a local college, or a trainer coming to your workplace. This usually works out at 4 days a week with your employer, and 1 day a week in off the job training.
Once an apprentice completes their Apprenticeship they must be able to demonstrate that they can perform the required skills and tasks to the standard set by the industry. This is assessed through an assessment at the end of your training.
Apprenticeships in Adult Social Care
There are lots of different apprenticeships available in care. Some of these are listed below. It is possible to start at a higher level, depending on your previous qualifications.
Care roles (frontline, directly delivering care)
- Level 2 Adult Care Worker
- Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker
- Level 3 Community Health and Wellbeing Worker
- Level 4 Lead Practitioner in Care
- Level 5 Leader in Adult Care
- Level 5 Nursing Associate
- Level 6 Social Worker
- Level 6 Occupational Therapy
Support roles (not directly delivering care)
- Level 2 and 3 Hospitality and Catering
- Level 3 Business Administration
- Level 3 and Level 5 Human Resources
- Level 7 Art Therapist
Work Experience and Volunteering
Work experience is a great way to experience what working in social care is really like and can span from a one-day placement, to a week or even longer. A lot of work experience placements can often lead to apprenticeships or other roles in the future.
Volunteering is another fantastic way to experience working in social care and gives you the opportunity to try it out for a longer period, for example, a day a week over the course of a few months. It’s also a really rewarding way to give back to your community.
We have lots of care settings across Oxfordshire that would be delighted to offer work experience and volunteering placements to keen and interested candidates so please just email firstname.lastname@example.org if this is something, you’d like to explore with our support. You can also browse volunteer roles via Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire.
How did you find out about the apprenticeship?
I found out about the apprenticeship when I attended a careers fair at school.
How did you find the application process?
As this was my first time filling in multiple application forms, at times I found it quite confusing, however with a little help from my parents and Evie I was able to complete the forms in full. As part of my application process I also had a video call which I found useful.
What made you want to work in Adult Social Care?
I always knew that I wanted to work in Social care because I enjoy talking to elderly people and want to make them feel safe and well looked after. The most useful thing to me was my work experience which was at a care centre for elderly and vulnerable adults. I also worked with disabled adults in their home environment.
What are your responsibilities in your apprenticeship?
I am responsible for personal care for elderly and dementia residents, food and fluids, repositions, daily activities for residents within the care home, ensuring a safe and controlled environment, monitoring checks
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to gain as much experience as possible in various sectors of Health and Social Care. Ideally I would like to stay on at Ferendune Court at the end of my current apprenticeship. My aim is to eventually work with women and children who have been abused.
What’s your favourite thing about working in Adult Social Care?
I like to think that I am making a difference to people’s lives by looking after them and caring for them. We are going through a very difficult time at the moment which means the adults I work with can’t see their families. I like the fact that I can make them smile and help them feel safe. My favourite thing about working at the care home is the people I look after. Every day is different (in a good way), and I’m definitely learning a lot about their different characters.
If someone else was thinking of getting an apprenticeship in Adult Social Care, what advice would you give them?
I would tell them to definitely do it. It’s hard work and it can also be very emotional, but it is also very rewarding.