Our new apprenticeships are not just training programmes. We have worked alongside people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers, to find out what really good support both looks like and feels like. We have developed a learning and professional development curriculum that both challenges and nurtures your workforce. Our programmes aim higher than just meeting standards.
Why do you need apprentices?
89% of employers report that apprenticeships helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
The starting point for our apprenticeship programme was to ask people with learning disabilities what they look for in their support staff. We also asked families and researchers what skills and knowledge they thought was essential to ensure workers promote real choice in their daily practice, and work respectfully and inclusively.
A high-quality service needs high-quality staff that are enabled and motivated to develop both personally and professionally. Real person-centred support comes from the heart, but needs a framework in which best practice can be understood and delivered. By sending staff on this learning journey, you are giving them a clear message that they are the most valuable assets that your organisation has. It is clear recognition of the important job they do and the differences that they can make every day.
Who are these programmes for?
They are suitable for a wide range of people who work in social care supporting people with learning disabilities. Typical job roles include senior support workers, team leaders, community support workers and family support workers.
To be eligible, all candidates will need to reach level 2 in Maths and English before the end point assessment of their apprenticeship and should have already completed their Care Certificate.
The programme includes face-to-face and online learning, and each candidate will have a tutor assigned to them to support them during the course. By the end of the Apprenticeship, candidates will have a complete online portfolio.
Successful candidates will also achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care before completing their apprenticeship.