Apprentice Adult Care Worker

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Care and Childcare

Number of vacancies:

Company name:
Darbyshire Healthcare

Company location:
21-23 Houndiscombe Road Plymouth PL4 6HG

Salary per week:
£153.55 - £190.55

Days and shifts to be confirmed. Total hours per week: 37.00



he Health Care Assistant (HCA) Apprenticeship role is a new, exciting and developing role within the team and would suit a people person. An HCA Apprentice provides help and support to people with limited mobility or other care needs, covering a wide variety of older residents including people with physical and mental health needs.

This support might be completely health related or could also include social work like helping people writing letters or engaging in a range of activities. This role will also require you to help people with daily personal care like washing, eating and using the toilet. You may need to help people to walk safely and use equipment to move people. You will also need to be confident talking to family members.

In this role you may perform a variety of the following tasks:

  • Building a relationship with people and their families
  • Identifying people’s individual needs
  • Supporting people in their activities
  • Helping with physical tasks
  • Providing emotional and social support
  • Liaising with family and health care providers under supervision
  • Working with people who have memory difficulties


On the 15-18-month Level 2 Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard, you will work towards the following:

  • Care Certificate
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care
  • Behaviours, Skills & Knowledge
  • Functional Skills in maths and English at level 2 (if not already exempt through prior qualifications)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)

All training to be provided by City College Plymouth in collaboration with the company themselves throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Qualities and skills:

Desired skills

  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communicational skills, including listening skills
  • Good writing skills

Personal qualities

  • A polite telephone manner
  • Ability to follow instruction
  • Dedicated, caring, kind, approachable and reliable
  • Cheerful and friendly
  • Willing to be hands-on with patients
  • Willing to do personal care tasks (washing, using the toilet etc.)
  • A desire to provide the best care possible and to go above and beyond
  • Good timekeeping
  • Flexible and able to cope with stressful situations

Desired qualifications

No qualifications are required but a basic level of maths and English are essential. GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths and English would be beneficial as you would not need to study these alongside the apprenticeship.


Future prospects

With experience and further training, you could become a senior healthcare assistant. You could then apply to train as an assistant practitioner or nursing associate. With the appropriate qualifications/evidence of academic ability, you could also train as one of the many degree-level healthcare professionals such as a nurse, podiatrist, midwife or occupational therapist.