Children and Young People's Apprenticeships

 

Now is a great time to think about taking an Apprenticeship. There are more opportunities than ever before for those looking to work with children and young people, and Apprenticeships in this area can lead to secure employment upon completion.

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. Our Centres can offer Apprenticeships to anyone who is over 16, living in England and not in full-time education.

Children and Young People's Apprenticeships Update

In 2014 a new Apprenticeship Framework for the Children and Young People’s Workforce was issued, containing several changes to the previous version. Foremost was the introduction of the Early Years Educator pathway, which has new qualification and Transferrable Skills requirements. 

An Early Years Apprenticeship Standard is due to be issued in 2016 (pending Ministerial approval) and will run alongside the Early Years Educator pathway of the Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce for a minimum of a year.

Further information about Apprenticeship Standards can be found on the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards page of the website

As part of the Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce, learners will take the following qualifications:

Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People’s Workforce

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health,
  • Social Care or Children and Young People's Settings 
  • Level 1 English, Mathematics and ICT Functional Skills
  • Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children & Young People’s Workforce

    Early Years Educator Pathway

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities & Rights in Health,  Social  Care or Children & Young People's Settings
  • English and Mathematics GCSE A*-C 
  • Level 2 ICT Functional Skills 
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    Children's Social Care Pathway 

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Social Care pathway)
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities & Rights in Health, Social Care or Children & Young People's Settings
  • Level 2 English, Mathematics and ICT Functional Skills
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    Residential Childcare Pathway 

     

  • Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) 
  • Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities & Rights in Health, Social Care or Children & Young People's Settings
  • Level 2 English, Mathematics and ICT Functional Skills

  • Providers should check the Apprenticeship Packages document on the website, alongside the framework document, to familiarise themselves with the full framework requirements. 

    Children and Young People's Apprenticeship GCSE requirements

    Apprentices undertaking the Early Years Educator pathway of the Children and Young People’s Workforce Apprenticeship Framework who do not have GCSE A*-C in English and/or maths must have achieved these upon completion for an Apprenticeship certificate to be issued.