Nov 16

New Apprenticeship standards launched

Posted on Wednesday 30th November 2016
Trailblazer Group

Two of the new Apprenticeship standards and assessment plans are now available for adult care employers to use and learning providers to implement. 

The new standards are Adult Care Worker (level 2) and Lead Adult Care Worker (L3). The assessment plans for two further standards -Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (L4) and Leader in Adult Care (L5) are awaiting final approval from ministers pending agreement on the funding bands. The new standards have been designed by adult care employers acting as part of the government’s Trailblazer initiative to replace the current Apprenticeship frameworks.

The standards are two-page documents listing the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for Apprentices to be competent in these occupations. They have been created by the Trailblazer group to strengthen the generic competencies of care workers across all sub-sectors of adult social care.

The assessment strategy includes the completion of the Care Certificate and a formal diploma at the relevant level plus, as is the case for all new Apprenticeships, rigorous and graded tests taken at the end of the Apprenticeship to prove that the apprentice has fully absorbed all they have learnt.

A number of employers have been involved over the last three years but the current Trailblazer members are: Woodford Homecare; Barchester Healthcare; CareTech; Creative Support; Hand in Hands; Hendra Healthcare (Ludlow); Hertfordshire County Council; Anchor; Central Bedfordshire Council; Surrey County Council and West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL).

A number of awarding organisations and learning providers have also been heavily involved in advising the group and the process has been supported throughout by Skills for Care, backed by the Department of Health.

It is expected that from 2017 –onwards, starts on the new standards will gather pace as end-point assessment organisations emerge from the registration process and design their tests and as the old frameworks are phased out.

The launch event, hosted by Skills for Care at Goodenough College in London, introduced the new standards to the sector and thanked the Trailblazers for their work.

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said, “Skills for Care would like to thank and congratulate the Trailblazer group on their detailed work and dedication and we have benefitted from such a close working relationship with them.

“Given the hard work that has gone into making sure these standards are fit for purpose, we are confident these new standards will support the development of skilled and knowledgeable apprentices who can offer quality care and support in their communities.”

To find out how you can use the Apprenticeship Standards go to: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/newstandards