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An Apprenticeship is a perfect choice if you want to continue your studies and develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in a specific industry, while also earning a salary in full-time employment; kickstarting your long-term career path.
An Apprenticeship within the Residential Childcare industry is a genuine and rewarding career pathway. With on the job training from your employer, and quality teaching and learning from the delivery team at College, apprentices learn and gain professional competencies in the industry, whilst receiving a wage.
This Apprenticeship is suitable for well-motivated adult learners who are keen to focus on leading teams who work with children and young people with complex social, emotional, mental and health needs.
To study this Apprenticeship you must:
Complete a satisfactory DBS check
Enjoy working with children and young people with additional needs
Show a commitment to study (attendance, punctuality & behaviour)
Be able to work independently within your diploma
Show enthusiasm for the subject area
There is no formal age restriction for this Apprenticeship but due to legislative requirements within the industry, all applicants must be in a suitable job role, have the agreement of their employer to undertake this Apprenticeship and be in a suitable managerial role (Deputy Manager and above).
This is a challenging and rewarding Apprenticeship. You will work over 24-30 months with your trainer with a mix of face to face and online learning to complete the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be successful in your career. Within this you will undertake your Functional Skills in English and Maths (if required), a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare and a Level 5 Children, Young People and Families Manager apprenticeship award.
During your Apprenticeship will produce a number of different evidence pieces for your portfolio. This might include a written question and answer piece, a reflective piece about your work day, observations of you doing your job or deep dives into your written work based practices.
Once you have completed your diploma you will move through to the End Point Assessment (EPA).
The EPA for this Apprenticeship contains 2 methods of assessment as outlined below:
Situational Judgement Test (50%)
Apprentices will be presented with 4 work-based scenarios within a children’s health and social care context. The Situational Judgement Test will be a paper based written test, sat under controlled conditions and will last for 45 minutes. It will highlight the apprentice’s competence in the application of the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the standard. The Situational Judgement Test is graded as a fail, ass or distinction by the IEPA.
Competence Interview informed by Portfolio (50%)
The Competence Interview is a structured discussion of 55-65 minutes between the apprentice and the Independent End-Point Assessor (IEPA), focusing on the work covered in the portfolio. There will be probing questions and discussion about the professional practice undertaken within the course of the apprentice’s work, based on the application of core skills, knowledge and behaviours. The portfolio will not be assessed but it will be used to inform the questioning for the competence interview. The Competence Interview is graded as a fail, pass or distinction by the IEPA.
For more detail on the Apprenticeship standard for this qualification visit the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
As part of the Apprenticeship you will be invited to join the Residential Childcare Forum (RCF) for no charge. The RCF is a forum that meets twice a year to empower those who work in the industry to have a voice about their experiences and to celebrate others’ good practice. The RCF has guest speakers who present to the forum members about current issues in the industry, for example, Lancashire Police have previously spoken about the current county lines situation in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Upon completion of this Apprenticeship learners may choose to go on to further study e.g. a degree in social work, education or a behaviour.
Alternatively, learners may choose to continue full time work in the Residential Childcare industry working in management.
If you would like to enquire for this Apprenticeship, please click 'Enquire' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Apprenticeship Team will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can explore our current vacancies on the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' page and apply now.
If you are already employed then please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01524 521483.
Course code: A33327-A1A