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Apprenticeship for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce

Level 2

Key Facts

Level:Level 2

Full-time/part-time:Apprenticeship

Duration:15 - 18 months

Start Date:30th March 2017

Location:Work Based

Course Code:Y02612

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As an apprentice you are paid as you learn. You will go through a structured training programme that teaches all aspects of caring for children and young people - working alongside experienced staff to learn the skills you need.

What is an intermediate apprenticeship for Children and Young People’s Workforce?
Intermediate apprenticeships enable people to earn while they learn the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career.  The qualifications are work-related, competence-based qualifications which reflect the skills and knowledge required to do a job effectively and prepare the learner for their chosen career.

Who is this qualification suitable for?
This apprenticeship is suitable for those who want to work in the childcare sector, perhaps working in a day nursery, pre-school, or special school undertaking routine tasks associated with the industry. 

Content

Mandatory unit include:

Introduction to Communication in Health and Social care or Children and Young People Settings

Introduction to Personal Development in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People Settings

Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People Settings

Child and Young Person Development

Safeguard the Welfare of Children and Young People

Maintain and Support Relationship with Children and Young People

Support Children and Young Peoples Positive Behaviour

Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development

Contribute to Children and Young Peoples Health and Safety

Contribute to the Support of the Positive Environments Children and Young People

Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People

Optional Units (candidates to choose units to make a total of at least 6 credits).

The Functional Skills element of the qualification comprises written and verbal communications together with numeracy and ICT skills. Delivery will be given within the workplace and then assessed via a written test.

Candidates also complete a qualification on Employer Rights and Responsibilities to ensure they understand what is expected from them in the workplace and what they can expect from their employer; this is completed with their mentor within the workplace and also through written questions via the e-portfolio. 

Personal Learning and Thinking skills are assessed through ongoing reflective practice and discussion with the assessor within the e-portfolio. 

Additionally, Functional Skills English, ERR and PLTS are all embedded within the main qualification and throughout the training experience whilst reflecting on practice.

 

                                                                                                                                                                  





 

Entry requirements
Candidates must have experience of working in the childcare sector. In addition, candidates should be working in a relevant placement for a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

GCSE’s in Maths, English and ICT at grade C would be an advantage, in addition, candidates should be able to evidence their ability to work at a minimum of Entry Level 3 in English, Maths and ICT.  Relevant skills and attributes include:
• Ability to relate well to children, young people and adults
• Motivated to succeed within the job
• Willing to reflect on own practice, learn and apply that learning in the workplace
• Numerate and literate
• Willing to undergo a compulsory disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) 
• Willing to work as a member of the team

 

Two references are required.

How is the work assessed?
It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE.  Candidates portfolios are electronic, known as ‘e-portfolio’s’ which allow candidates to submit evidence more easily; receive fast feedback; have continuous access to their portfolio and can easily track progress. 

What training can be offered?
This qualification is delivered via 1-1 sessions using the ‘Assess-Train-Assess’ model.  Candidates are expected to complete a high level of research and workshops at Lincoln College may be offered to support gaps in the candidate’s knowledge. 

Where there are gaps in knowledge, the assessor will provide taught input to bring the candidate’s knowledge and/or performance up to a competent standard. For example, for the mandatory core unit ‘Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People Settings’ the candidate may be able to demonstrate how to interact with individuals to show that they respect their beliefs, culture, values and preferences but may not have knowledge relating to the legislation and codes of practice on equality, diversity and discrimination that apply to their role so the assessor would provide training on this.

Time requirements
To reap the benefits of training, it is essential that employees are released from work duties to meet with their assessor and attend training. On average, candidates will need to maintain contact with their assessor on a monthly basis and arrange for assessment visits lasting 2-3 hours every 4-6 weeks. In addition, candidates may need to work on their portfolios for approximately 4-6 hours per week.

Fees for the 2015/16 academic year are currently under review. Figures given below are indicative only and subject to change. Fees will be posted here as soon as they become available.

 

The college receives government funding to pay for the training and assessment costs. The apprentice must receive a wage slip and have a written contract of employment and will be paid a minimum wage. Further advice can be obtained from the minimum wage help line 0845 6000678 or go to www.direct.gov.uk/nmw and www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

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