Are you interested in a career in health and social care? On this page you will find all the information about how to start a career in health and social care and what will be involved during your career.
What is a health and social care apprentice?
A health and social care apprentice will be assisting and helping people with particular needs such as the elderly, disabled and people with learning difficulties. This can take place either in a hospital, clinic, at home, out in the community or in residential and nursing homes. This could either be with the NHS or private sector.
What is the work like?
A Health and Social Care apprentice will deal directly with patients, supporting them with day to day tasks such as getting dressed, taking them shopping, serving food and changing bedding. You may also be required to provide support to doctors and nurses whilst caring for a patient.
Their duties may vary slightly from employer to employer and depending on the size of the company, but they usually include:
- Shadowing a support worker
- Carrying out duties which encourage service users independence
- Protect the rights and promote the interests of service users and carers
- Building and maintain the trust and confidence of service users
- Building relationship and maintain the trust and confidence of service users and carers
- Ensuring service users are safe and free from danger or harm
- Provide support for Service users activities
- Respect the rights of service users while seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people
- Be accountable for the quality of your work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving your knowledge and skills.
How will the training take place?
Typically this course will take a year and on completion you will gain an NVQ level 2. To complete this qualification you won’t need to go to a further education (FE) college or training centre. Your time will be spent in a place of employment where you will get to learn practical skills from seeing a real working environment. You will shadow qualified members of staff so that you are able to learn first-hand how to perform the role. You will also get the opportunity to assist in activities; once you pass your assessments and progress through the course you will be able to start completing tasks on your own. To ensure you are competent in completing tasks a Remit assessor will visit you periodically at your work place to complete assessment testing with you.
What are the skills required to gain this apprenticeship?
To be a health and social care apprentice you need to be able to demonstrate:
- High standard of personal appearance and hygiene
- Good communication skills
- The ability to work within a team or on your own
- The ability to keep calm in busy and pressured situations
- Good customer service skills and a caring nature
- Health and safety awareness
- An interest in supporting and caring for people
What qualifications are required to gain this apprenticeship?
The qualification requirements will differ dependent on the requests of the employer. Some employers may require higher grades at G.C.S.E level than others.
At Remit we recommend you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at G.C.S.E level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the employer’s requirements and when other vacancies become available in your area. If you need any additional support whilst gaining your qualifications Remit can help you. We can also support you in completing your Functional/Key Skills (Core Skills in Scotland) which is a mandatory requirement needed for all apprenticeships and courses if you have not gained a G.C.S.E C or above in Maths and English.
What can you expect once you are qualified?
Health and social care workers will usually work within a shift pattern which could be morning, evening and night over seven days a week.
From 1st October 2016 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour. This is the minimum salary and some employers may choose to pay more. Once qualified you may expect to earn between £12,000 – £14,500 per year and as you gain more experience and complete further training you may expect this salary to rise. There may be opportunities for shift and overtime pay depending on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement, company pension and private healthcare schemes.
Please note: These figures are meant as a guide only and may vary from employer to employer and may be dependent on the geographical area.
How do I apply to be a health and social care apprentice?
If you are interested in becoming a health and social care apprentice you will need to register your interest with Remit by completing the online application form here.
Remit will be able to place you on an apprenticeship all year round. However it is important that you register your details as soon as you start year 11 and have decided that an apprenticeship is the option for you; this will give us the best chance of finding an employer in time for you finishing school.
For more information on this Apprenticeship click on the link below:
Level 2 – Health and Social Care
To register your details please click here and fill in the online application.