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Overview of apprenticeship

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience while being paid to do so. Along with functional and personal skills that are needed for your immediate job and future career you will learn through a mix of project based learning in the workplace, formal off the job training, and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. You will carry out well-defined routine clinical duties such as: monitoring an individual's conditions, checking blood pressure, temperature or weight, or checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing.

Depending on where you work, you may also help them with fluid & nutrition intake and or personal care.  You will prepare individuals for healthcare activities carried out by other members of the healthcare team, looking after them before, during and/or after those activities in line with their care plan. You will also carry out non-clinical duties and, depending on where you work, this could include things like keeping records, making beds, tidying up your work area, returning or cleaning the equipment used during a clinical activity. You will be able to address straightforward problems in your day to day work, reporting concerns and changes to the appropriate person in a timely manner.  HCSWs work in a range of healthcare settings and your team may include workers from both health and social care. Healthcare settings may include hospitals, community clinics or health centres, individuals' homes, nursing/care homes, hospices, mental health settings and GP surgeries. You will report to a registered healthcare practitioner who will directly or indirectly supervise your work.

Delivery Plan and Assessment

In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience. All learners will be required to attend taught sessions to be delivered either in workplace or a WSC location through-out the year.

Learners will be required to complete an End Point Assessment at the end of their learning.

Where will this course take me?

As well as ensuring a foundation level of competence as a Healthcare Assistant, this apprenticeship provides a foundation for potential progression to Senior Healthcare Support Worker.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour.  Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Apprentices without English and Maths at Level 2 must achieve these prior to taking their End Point Assessment. 

Qualifications

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:

  • Full Healthcare Support Worker Level 2 Standard.
  • Care Certificate
  • Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
  • Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.

How is this funded?

Learners

Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.

Employers

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £3000.  This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.

If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£150).

There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.

Contact us on 01284 716246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details of costs and how Apprenticeships are funded.

Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor. 

You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via:  https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch 

Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.


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