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What is a social care apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a form of paid employment. An apprentice learns through on-the-job practical training as well as classroom-based learning. Apprentices gain nationally recognised qualifications as part of the scheme.

The National Apprenticeship Service was launched in 2009, providing apprenticeships in a wide range of industries, including social care.

Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply. All employed apprentices will be working and learning for a minimum of 30 hours per week. The programme can start at any time of year, depending on the opportunities available from employers.

Benefit of apprentices to employers

Apprenticeships can be of huge benefit to local care providers. They result in:

  • reduced staff turnover
  • increased skills, commitment and motivation in your workforce
  • excellent cost-effectiveness in terms of training input and productivity output

Find out more about how to recruit an apprentice.

Benefits of being an apprentice

Apprenticeships are a worthwhile method of working. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;

  • earning a salary while learning
  • receiving hands-on training as well as theoretical
  • gaining qualifications to enhance your career options
  • learning job-specific skills

Find out more about how to become an apprentice.

Local resources

Local colleges and organisations currently promote and support apprenticeships. See the links below for more information.

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