Childrens and Young Peoples Workforce Apprenticeship (Level 2 Intermediate and Level 3 Advanced)

Course Information

  • Course Code: CC494
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study Mode: Part time
Overview

If you want a career in Childcare then this Apprenticeship is for you. The Children and Young People's Workforce Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the childcare industry. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills. This Apprenticeship gives people a fulfilling opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the how’s and whys of their development.

This Apprenticeship has 3 pathways:

  • Early Years Educator
  • Social Care
  • Residential Care

If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

What will I study?

Selection of units from the Children and Young People's Workforce Apprenticeship:

  • Introduction to communication in health, social care or children and young people's settings
  • Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children and young people's settings
  • Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children and young people's settings
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguard the welfare of children and young people
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Contribute to the support of child and young person's development
Entry Requirements

Students will need a minimum Grade D in GCSE Maths and English Language. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Workbooks
  • Assignments
  • Direct Observation in a real work environment
  • Exams
  • Professional Discussion
  • Oral Questioning
  • Reflective Accounts
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship is intended to provide learners with a good starting point within the sector, working under supervision (e.g. Pre-School Assistant, Nursery Assistant), however it is expected that learners will progress, either onto the Advanced Apprenticeship or onto the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce as a stand-alone qualification. This will ensure that, as practitioners, they meet the appropriate level of competency, as determined by registration and regulatory requirements.

Progression to Level 3 or an Advanced Apprenticeship will also enable them to move to higher levels of work or enable them to work unsupervised, e.g. Nursery Supervisor, Child-Minder. This pathway also provides a good opportunity for learners to move across the wider children's workforce, should they wish to do so. This is possible due to the 'commonality' of much of the learning contained within the combined qualification.

There are a number of units that are shared across qualifications in related occupations (e.g. Schools support services, Care, Health, Playwork).

Once you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship you will also be able to apply to a range of Universities or take up employment as a practioner in the Early Years setting. Many students progress to University Centre at Blackburn College where 9 out of 10 graduates are in work or further study just six months after graduation.

Particular courses students progress on to include: 

  • Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree FdA
  • Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA
Your Study Programme

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Future income

The starting salary for junior or trainee nursery workers is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age.

Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.

Full-time salaries for Residential Childcare in the public sector can be around £17,000 to £21,000 a year. With experience you may earn between £21,000 and £25,000 a year. 

Traineeships

If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

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