Residential Childcare Advanced Apprenticeship

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An apprenticeship in a genuine job, with training, meaning apprentices learn and gain skills and professional competencies in their chosen career, whilst receiving a wage.

Apprenticeships are suitable for well-motivated people who are focussed and know which career path they want to follow. They offer high quality work-based training as an alternative to full time study.

Apprentices will work with children, young people and families, including carers, to achieve positive and sustainable change in their lives. Apprentices will be skilled in recognising and assessing the complex needs of children, young people and families and will agree any specific interventions or referrals. The apprentice’s approach will be one of respectful curiosity that challenges and supports children, young people and families to achieve their potential and stay safe.

Who is this Course for?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job, with training. Apprentices will learn and gain professional competencies in their chosen career, whilst receiving a wage. Apprenticeships are suitable for well-motivated people who are focused and know which career they want to follow. All apprenticeships offer high quality work-based training as an alternative to full time education. From April 2020, the apprenticeship minimum wage is £4.15 per hour. For further information on salaries, visit

What are the entry requirements for the course?

5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher including Maths and English OR a Level 2 related qualification PLUS grade C/4 or higher in BOTH Maths and English.

Relevant work experience will also be considered

Entry criteria will be applied at the discretion of the course manager.

What does the Apprenticeship involve?

• Employment should be for a minimum of 30 hours per week, with training in the workplace

• Assessor visits in the workplace every 3 – 4 weeks

• Functional Skills level 2 in Maths, English and ICT including attendance at workshops

• Employment Rights and Responsibilities

The apprentice could be working in a number of settings such as a children’s home, a residential special school or a secure children’s home. They will take the lead in developing and delivering the child’s placement plan and will work with the child to support their health, education, social and day to day needs, playing a significant role in helping them to thrive and fulfil their potential.

Mandatory Qualification: Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare

How will I be Assessed?

This course is continuously assessed in the workplace using a range of methods including portfolio building, on the job assessment professional discussion, direct observation and witness testimony.

End Point Assessment?

The apprentice must achieve the following on-programme assessment requirements prior to Gateway:

• Completion of the mandatory qualification specified in the option chosen.
• Level 2 English and Maths
• Completion of a portfolio to support the competence interview.

The decision to take an apprentice through Gateway is made between the employer, Independent Training Provider and Apprentice. The apprentice must have achieved all the required on-programme elements before they enter Gateway, including the following:

• Holds a current DBS Certificate

When can I start?

Once you have gained employment you could start this programme at any time of the year.

How long will the Apprenticeship take?

We expect most Apprentices on the Level 3 programme to complete in 24 months, depending upon your skills, qualifications and how quickly you progress.

What qualification will I get?

On completion of this course you will receive Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare.

What do I do Next?

• Complete an Apprenticeship Application Form and return to: The Admissions Officer, Lancaster & Morecambe College, Morecambe Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TY.
If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521385
• If you are unemployed you can view our current Apprenticeships vacancies here
• You can also visit your local Young People’s Service or Jobcentre Plus to see if there are any vacancies and look in the local papers.

Download The Course Information Sheet