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.
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
Funding is available for Apprenticeships from the Skills Funding Agency.
How much funding is available, is dependent on several factors, including what level of Apprenticeship programme you are running and the age of your apprentices.
Further information regarding what funding is available, can be found here: http://skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/providers/programmes/nas/
Below is a link to a document that sets out the rules for funding and associated evidence requirements for the funding year 2013/14 effective from 1 August 2013:
Skills for Care’s Workforce Development Fund (WDF) can be used to help fund thedelivery of the Intermediate, Advanced level and Higher Apprenticeship in adult social care.
For information, please download the following document:
Funding for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships
Funding for Higher Apprenticeships
Zero hour contracts will be accepted for Apprenticeships, a positive step for domiciliary care workers and those on zero hour contracts. For further information on funding and conditions regarding zero hours contracts please visit point 71 on page 16 of the below guide:
Apprenticeships funding requirements
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 email@example.com
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