Healthcare workers operate in a variety of settings and work as part of a team to provide high quality, compassionate care to individuals. Duties can involve clinical activities, such as checking blood pressure or temperature, and also other activities such as helping patients to wash & dress.

When you undertake an apprenticeship in healthcare, you will learn all the underpinning KNOWLEDGE you need to do your job effectively, and you will develop the SKILLS and BEHAVIOURS needed to help the people who rely on you from day to day. You will also need to study maths & English at a level appropriate to your apprenticeship, but you may be exempt from these if you have existing qualifications with evidence in an acceptable format.

You will have a structured learning programme including both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ activities, designed to cover everything you need to learn. Your VTS tutor will meet with you regularly to guide you through your learning and this will be complemented by support from your employer. You will build a portfolio of evidence which will include work you have completed, professional discussion records and observations by your tutor, and you will have plenty of opportunity to put into practice the new skills you are learning. Your progress will be reviewed regularly and both you and your employer will be involved in this process.

Our level 2 and level 3 healthcare courses are the new apprenticeship standards, which means that there is a separate End Point Assessment (EPA) process at the end of your training in order to make sure you have acquired all the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to. This is nothing to worry about and we will ensure you are fully prepared for this when the time comes.

You can find out more detailed information about apprenticeship standards and EPA here.

It is important that you study at a level which is right for you, so before you enrol we will gather information from you regarding your existing qualifications, past industry experience and job role, and ask you to complete a basic maths & English assessment. Your tutor will then be able to discuss with you and your employer which is the right level for you to study.

Level 2 Health Care Support Worker

The level 2 Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship is suitable for healthcare workers in settings such as hospitals, GP surgeries or in the community, who are relatively new to the industry and work mainly under supervision. Job roles could include – Healthcare Assistant, Community Support Worker

Mandatory Elements:

The Care Certificate

Maths – GCSE minimum grade E

Or           functional skills level 1

English – GCSE minimum grade E

Or           functional skills level 1

Typical duration: 13 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £3000

Level 3 Senior Health Care Support Worker

The level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship is suitable as a natural progression from the level 2, or as a direct pathway for healthcare workers in a more senior role who have gained some industry experience. Apprentices can choose to study the adult nursing support pathway or theatre pathway, depending on their role. Job roles could include: Senior Healthcare Assistant, Theatre Assistant

Mandatory Elements:

Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

The Care Certificate

Maths – GCSE minimum grade C

Or           functional skills level 2

English – GCSE minimum grade C

Or           functional skills level 2

Typical duration: 18 months

Apprenticeship funding band value £5000

For an explanation on funding bands click here