Apprenticeships provide benefits for both employers and employees.
88% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce (source: National Apprenticeship Service).
Employers can create and manage tailored Apprenticeship programmes to meet the needs of their business. Apprenticeships are a cost effective and low risk way for employers to grow their workforce and help improve the recruitment and retention of their staff.
Consilium Research and Consultancy was appointed by Skills for Care to develop five case studies in order to profile the return on investment / value for money associated with apprenticeships in the adult social care sector and specifically the adult social care pathway of the Health and Social Care Apprenticeship framework. To view the research report and case studies, please download the documents below:
Return on investment in adult social care Apprenticeships case studies
For apprentices, it gives them a chance to gain work experience, achieve nationally recognised qualifications and earn a wage. If you are thinking of doing an Apprenticeship in social care and want to find out more, click here.
Adult social care workers aged 16 and 17 are allowed to undertake all work tasks suitable for their level of employment.
Age isn't an issue in recruiting workers with the right values who are really motivated to develop long term careers in our sector. Young practitioners can be employed in adult social care with the same levels of support that employers provide for any members of staff.
CQC Chief Executive David Behan states: "CQC supports the view of Skills for Care that 16 and 17 year olds can make a valuable contribution to the adult social care sector. It is vital that when working with this age group providers not only meet the essential standards of safety and quality but follow best practice guidelines, and this guidance from Skills for Care is a welcome addition to that. This will help services to provide safe, quality care and deliver good outcomes for people."
The following guidance will be helpful when employing workers under the age of 18:
Guidance on employing young people
In 2013-14, employers can claim Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Fund for completed and verified units on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
Previous versions of the Higher Apprenticeship framework have been approved for funding by the National Apprenticeship Service. For details go to https://gateway.imservices.org.uk/sites/lara/Pages/AimsSearch.aspx and search for '584' under 'framework'.
The specialist pathway consists of qualifications in the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). Student Loans may apply. See https://www.gov.uk/student-finance for more information.
The best people to help employers understand the benefits of Apprenticeships are other employers.
Our network of frontline employer champions have already been very successful in implementing Apprenticeships in their organisation and can share their experience with others.
If you are interested in speaking to an employer champion, or are interested in becoming an employer champion yourself, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The DVD below shows employer champions talking about how running Apprenticeship schemes have benefited their business, their workers and the people who use their services:
Employers and apprentices DVD