To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.
These are the personal attributes and behaviours expected of all Adult Care Workers carrying out their roles including: Care, Compassion, Courage, Communication, Competence and Commitment. A lead adult care worker will work towards aims and objectives under the following areas:
- The job they have to do, their main tasks and responsibilities
- Values and behaviours
- Supporting individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding)
- Health and wellbeing for the individuals they support and work colleagues
- Working professionally, including professional development of those they support and work colleagues
You will be based with your employer, learning in the workplace as have a minimum of 20% off the job training at College, usually on day release. You will learn from industry experienced tutors and kept on track in the workplace with a Preston’s College assessor.
To progress to end point assessment the Apprentice must first:
- Achieve the Level 2 Diploma
- Complete the Care Certificate
- Undertake a self-assessment in the last month of the Apprenticeship
End Point Assessment
This will be made up of two main components as below:
- Situational judgement test (multiple choice)
- Professional discussion
The Apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, competence, skill and behaviours to progress within the Adult Care sector. You may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Standard in Lead Adult Care Worker which may then open up opportunities to progress onto Higher Education.
Duration: 12-18 months
All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment (including Maths & English), interview and employment in the industry. To work in this industry you will need a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check.