Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management - Level 5 (England)

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Framework ID: FR04336
Issue number: 19
Issued: 31 August 2018

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Skills for Care & Development

Contact name: Sue Johnson
Telephone number: 0113 245 1716
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An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme, designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job learning and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

All apprentices commencing their Apprenticeship must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice. This can be used to reinforce the understanding of the requirements of the Apprenticeship.

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

This is a level 5 Higher Apprenticeship framework for those working as Adults’ Residential Managers, Adults’ Managers and Adults' Advanced Practitioners in Adult Social Care or as a Manager of Specialist Adult Social Care Services or Business Development Manager in adult social care only. This framework has been developed by Skills for Care based on the input of employers in the adult social care sector. This framework does not currently include pathways for people working in the Health Service or Children and Young People's Services.

This is one of two Apprenticeship frameworks for people employed in adult social care in England and complements the Intermediate and Advanced framework. This framework covers the social care sector which includes:

  • Private providers
  • Local authorities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Individual Employers
  • Adult social care sector

Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with an assessed need. Social care services are administered through local authorities working with voluntary, private and independent social care organisations. Councils may also provide services themselves or commission others to do so.

In social care this framework provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of the workforce at higher levels and is appropriate for existing staff working or new entrants wanting to work in a Adults’ Residential Management, Adults’ Management, Adults' Advanced Practice, or as a Manager of Specialist Adult Social Care Services or Business Development Manager in adult social care.

There were 1.75 million paid jobs in adult social care in England in 2009. Of these, 1.61 million are directly employed at a place of work and 140,000 are employed by agency, bank and pool workers, volunteers, students and others including the self-employed. The majority of these roles are at operational level, for which the Intermediate and Advanced level Apprenticeship framework is suitable. However this Higher Apprenticeship is to support workers at a higher level in order that they can meet service and delivery demands and lead/manage the workforce. Example job titles may include care broker, care manager, unit manager, line manager and residential warden.

Higher Apprentices will be working as managers of staff and/or services in general residential and non-residential settings; as advanced practitioners with a high level of knowledge of care provision activities or a specific specialism; as managers of specialist services with a specialist knowledge of particular adult social care provision and requirements, as a Business Development Manager starting and growing a new business and/or developing an existing business and/or supporting an employer to achieve any of these objectives.

The sector is steadily expected to grow in size of employees, needing a minimum of 2 million workers by 2025, giving potential apprentices great potential for a career in a growing sector.

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