‘Flexible apprenticeships’ manual launched
A new manual, co-authored by employers, providers within the sector and Government, has been published to set out how flexibilities in apprenticeships can be used and delivered in health and social care to meet the needs of employers and apprentices. Find out more
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HEE announce funding to support functional skills study for all care workers
In April 2021, Health Education England (HEE) announced that funding is now available for social care providers to support study in functional skills. Prior to this announcement, the funding was only available for social care employers who delivered NHS-commissioned services. However, the funding is now available for all.
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How to maximise financial support for apprenticeships
Now is a good time to take on apprentices and claim a variety of funds.
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What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a way of developing new staff and providing new skills for existing staff by studying and learning through work.
- run for a minimum of 12 months
- provide opportunity to learn whilst at work and time to learn away from work
- be independently assessed at the end.
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Apprenticeship standards are developed by employers in the sector
The apprenticeships currently available for adult social care occupations are:
- Adult Care Worker (level 2)
- Lead Adult Care Worker (level 3)
- The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (level 4)
- Leader in Adult Care (level 5)
- Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (level 5), available until 31 July 2020.
- Nursing Associate (level 5)
- Social Work (level 6)
- Occupational Therapist (level 6)
- Physiotherapist (level 6)
- Registered Nurse (level 6)
Remember, you can also recruit apprentices in other roles within your service such as business administration, assistant accountant or chef.
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Benefits of Apprenticeships
- offer employers a structured learning programme adaptable to meet the needs of your service.
- attract lots of funding so there is little cost to your organisation
- offer confidence in the quality of learning due to the robust assessment process
- develop skilled and competent workers due to the mix of on and off-the-job learning.
Support and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The latest government guidance for apprenticeship employers and learning providers are available.
Key changes are:
- training providers, employers and end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) must ensure that training and assessment takes place remotely wherever possible
- face-to-face training and assessment can continue in colleges and training providers’ premises for vulnerable young apprentices and the children of key workers who need it
- face-to-face training and assessment can also continue in employers’ Covid-secure settings where it's essential for workers to attend their workplace, and where it's safe and practical to do so.
- end-point assessment and functional skills assessments can continue in colleges, training providers’ premises, assessment venues and workplaces where it can't be conducted remotely and where providers and EPAOs judge it right to do so.
As part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on employment and skills, new payments were introduced for employers in England for each new apprentice they hired between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021. The payments are:
- £2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25
- £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over
The scheme has now been extended so new apprentices employed between 1 April and 30 September 2021 will be supported by a government payment of:
- £3,000 for each new apprentice, regardless of age
These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 employers receive to support 16-18 year old apprentices and those under-25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is only for new employees.
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