Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce

The ambition is for a world class workforce. By world class we mean a competent, credible,sufficient, and confident workforce who are driven and able, to support and surpass individual needs of all adults, children, their families and carers who use services provided by the sector.

Objectives of this framework is To support the development of a workforce that has a shared understanding of the basic requirements for working within the children and young people’s workforce. To ensure that all entrants to the workforce gain the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become an effective member of the workforce and ensure that the safety and wellbeing of children are at the heart of everything they do.

Content:

Pathway 1: Early Years Educator
Pathway 2: Children and Young People’s Social Care
Pathway 3: Residential Childcare

Pathway 1:
Early Years Educator for those working in childcare e.g. nurseries, pre-schools, creches, etc) (sector specific, working on own and/or supervising others)

Total minimum credit value for this pathway: 69 credits
Combined knowledge and competence qualification – 61 Credits
ERR – 3 credits
GCSE English
GCSE Maths
ICT (transferable skill) – 5 credits

**For the Level 3 Early Years Educator pathway 1, on completion of the framework the learner must have GCSE maths and English grades A*-C.

Job roles:

• Nursery Worker/Supervisor
• Nursery Nurse / Nursery
• Teaching Assistant
Entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements
As the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate thecompetencies required at this level.evel 3, Pathway 1: Early Years Educator
Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway
N/A
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway
N/A

Combined qualifications available to this pathway
There are no separate knowledge qualifications for this framework.

Functional Skills
• English: NA
• Mathematics: NA
• ICT: Level 2

Employee rights and responsibilities
The ERR element of this framework will be met by completion of an externally assessed and verified qualification which covers all nine of the national outcomes/standards required by SASE.

Progression routes into and from this pathway
It is not a necessity to gain the Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or the L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce in order to access the Advanced Apprenticeship.

As the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.

There are many vocationally related qualifications (at this level and at level 2) which do not confer occupational competence, however, these qualifications would provide a good level of
underpinning knowledge for this pathway, e.g. BTEC First Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (L2); L3 Certificate in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROGRESSION
**On completion of this pathway the learner must have achieved GCSE maths and English at grades A*- C.**
This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, Pre-school Manager/Co-ordinator, etc. There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards Foundation Degrees in Early Years.
This in turn will support the achievement of Early Years Professional Status (Graduate level)

Pathway 2:

Children and Young People’s Social Care pathway for those working with children and young people in social care roles other than residential care.

Total minimum credit value for this pathway is 83 credits.
Combined competence and knowledge qualification – 65 Credits
Maths, English and ICT (transferable skills) – 15 credits
ERR qualification – 3 credits

Entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements

It is essential that anyone wishing to undertake this pathway must be working in the sector. It is possible that learners may come to this pathway without any prior qualifications. However, as the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they will be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level. Where an apprentice has previously completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship for the
Children and Young People’s Workforce or the L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce as a standalone qualification, there may be opportunity for credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) against the combined qualification contained in the Advanced Apprenticeship. This is dependent on which optional units the learner completed at L2.

Job title(s)
• Social Care worker with Children and Young People

Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway
N/A
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway
N/A

Combined qualifications available to this pathway

Relationship between competence and knowledge qualifications
There are no separate knowledge qualifications for this framework. The following mandatory units (below) from the combined knowledge/skills qualification provide the knowledge only elements:
• Principles for Implementing Duty of Care (1 credit)
• Understand Child and Young Person Development (4 credits)
• Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People (3 credits)
• Understand How to Support Positive Outcomes for Children and Young People (3 credits)

Functional Skills
• English: 2
• Mathematics: 2
• ICT: Level 2

Employee rights and responsibilities
The ERR element of this framework will be met by completion of an externally assessed and verified qualification which covers all nine of the national outcomes/standards required by SASE.

Progression into this pathway:

Apprentices on this pathway need to have experience in a related setting.
It is not a necessity to gain the Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or the L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce in order to access the Advanced Apprenticeship. It is possible that learners may come to this pathway without any prior qualifications; however, as the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or
supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.
There are many vocationally related qualifications (at this level and at level 2) which do not confer occupational competence; however, these qualifications would provide a good level of underpinning knowledge for this pathway, e.g.
• Level 2 National Award in Health and Social Care
• Level 3 Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care

Progression from this pathway:
This pathway will provide development to the level of occupational competence required for the sector.
Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. senior care worker, advanced practitioner in social care, senior support worker.
There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards
• Foundation Degrees in Health & Social care or Therapeutic care,
• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF)

or to undertake the CWDC Professional Practice Standards in Children’s Residential Care as further Continuing Professional Development (set at level 5).

Pathway 3:
Residential Childcare pathway for those working with children and young people in residential settings)
Total minimum credit value for this pathway is 79 credits:

• Combined competence and knowledge qualification – 61 credits (minimum)
• Maths, English and ICT (transferable skills) – 15 credits
• ERR qualification – 3 credits

Entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the framework entry requirements
It is essential that anyone wishing to undertake this pathway must have reached their 18th birthday prior to registration

It is possible that learners may come to this pathway without any prior qualifications.

However, as the level of this pathway (level 3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others, the apprentice should have prior experience of the sector and be employed in a position whereby they would be able to demonstrate the competencies required at this level.
Where an apprentice has previously completed the Intermediate Apprenticeship for theChildren and Young People’s Workforce or the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce as a stand-alone qualification, there may be opportunity for credit accumulation and transfer (CAT) against the combined qualification contained in the Advanced Apprenticeship. This is dependent on which optional units the learner completed at level 2.

Job title(s)
• Residential Childcare Worker

Qualifications
Competence qualifications available to this pathway
N/A
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway
N/A
Combined qualifications available to this pathway

Relationship between competence and knowledge qualifications

There are no separate knowledge qualifications for this framework. The following mandatory units (below) from the combined knowledge/skills qualification provide the knowledge only elements:

• RCC 3.1 Understand the development of children and young people in residential childcare (3 credits)
• RCC 3.2 Understand how to safeguard and protect children and young people in residential childcare (7 credits)
• RCC 3.3 Understand how to support children and young people who have experienced harm or abuse (3 credits)
• RCC 3.8 Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people in residential childcare (2 credits)

Transferable skills
Functional Skills
• English: 2
• Mathematics: 2
• ICT: Level 2

Employee rights and responsibilities
The ERR element of this framework will be met by completion of an externally assessed and verified qualification which covers all nine of the national outcomes/standards required by
SASE.

Progression routes into and from this pathway
Progression into this pathway:

It is not a necessity to gain the Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or the L2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce in order to access the Advanced Apprenticeship.

It is possible that learners may come to this pathway without any prior qualifications; however, as the level of this pathway (L3) determines that the apprentice should be working at a level where they may either be working on their own or supervising others.

There are many vocationally related qualifications (at this level and at level 2) which do not confer occupational competence; however, these qualifications would provide a good level of underpinning knowledge for this pathway, e.g. Level 2 National Award in Health and Social Care, Level 3 Advanced GCE in Health and Social Care.

Progression from this pathway:
This pathway provides the suitable level of occupational competence to meet minimum regulatory and registration requirements for the sector.
Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector, e.g. senior residential childcare worker, advanced practitioner in residential childcare, senior support worker in residential childcare.

There is also opportunity for apprentices to go on to further study at higher levels, particularly working towards
• Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare
• Foundation Degrees in Health & Social Care or Therapeutic care

BENEFIT TO THE EMPLOYER

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on the job and classroom based learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business, giving you increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce. Training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs*. *(Survey conducted by Populus on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council) February 2009

BENEFIT TO THE EMPLOYEE
Apprenticeship programmes provide a structured paid national training route within the workplace, which is supported with on-going professional development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘portfolio’ of skills and qualifications that will allow you to progress within your work environment and/or progress to both further and higher education, if necessary.

Duration: 12 months to 18 months

FUNDING
The cost of this qualification maybe fully funded.

Eligibility Criteria: UK passport, Valid Visa, In case of Spouse of EEU or British Citizen then Marriage certificate and Passport of Spouse, In case of indefinite visa proof of living in UK for minimum 3 years.