Apprenticeships are government-funded, work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. Apprentices can be new or current employees.

The way that apprenticeships work is changing. The Government plan is that the new standards system will completely replace the frameworks system by 2020. There will be a transitional phase where equivalent frameworks and standards will run side-by-side as standards are embedded. For adult care, this phase will end on 29 December 2017, when the Health and Social Care and Care Leadership and Management frameworks will be switched off and be completely replaced by the new standards. This will be in

The standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. We’re supporting the employer groups who are developing the following standards: Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care, Leader in Adult Care and Social Worker. We have set up a dedicated email to take enquiries: 

You can find most of the information from our apprenticeship pages in our new leaflet Adult care apprenticeships: Information for employers.  

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