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Children and Young People’s Work Force

Course Code: AP2, AP3


Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 15 months

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About the course

Are you looking for childcare training or a job as a nursery assistant, childcare or pre-school worker, or youth worker? Then an Apprenticeship in Childcare and Young People’s Workforce at City College Plymouth could be your ideal starting point. Childcare, early years development and youth work are more than just play … these careers require patience and a commitment to continually improve the standards of childcare provision. This Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to earn and learn at the same time and will also teach you about current law, child development and, perhaps the most important of all, PLAY! We offer Intermediate Apprenticeships which are equivalent to GCSEs, or Advanced Apprenticeships which are equivalent to A Levels. Both of our Apprenticeships in Childcare and Young People’s Workforce combine working and training under supervision in a childcare, health and social care or youth work setting, depending on your career aspirations. You will learn through a combination of on-the-job training and assessment, and attendance at City College Plymouth.

What you'll learn

As an apprentice you will gain valuable experience and occupational competence within your workplace setting. You will be employed and, under supervision, your job would include working in one of the following settings:

  • early years worker/assistant (within an early learning/childcare setting usually caring for young children ie pre-school, child minder/nursery/crèche
  • care worker/assistant (in a social care setting with children aged birth to 19 years)
  • assistant youth support/community worker (with young people in a youth/community setting).

Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 2 Certificate for The Children and Young People’s Workforce
You will need to achieve the full 53 credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. The optional units will be decided in negotiation with your assessor and employer and are based on your job role with your organisation. Mandatory units will cover:

  • health and safety
  • personal development
  • equality
  • safeguarding.

You will have to complete functional skills level one in mathematics, English and ICT, employers’ rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills.Advanced Apprenticeship
Level 3 Certificate for The Children and Young People’s Workforce
You will need to achieve a set number of credits from completing mandatory units and a selection of optional units. The optional units will be decided in negotiation with your assessor and employer and are based on your job role with your organisation. Mandatory units will cover:

  • health and safety
  • personal development
  • equality
  • safeguarding.

You will have to complete functional skills level two in mathematics, English and ICT, employers’ rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments and a vocational assessment carried out by the childcare team at the College.

Assessments/Exams

You will be observed and continuously assessed both on and off-the-job to record your practical skills and knowledge.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.