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Adult Care Worker

Overview

Providing frontline care for vulnerable adults to within their own homes, daycare centres, residential and nursing homes and other healthcare.

Job Profile

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult Care Workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Personal assistants do the same job as an Adult Care Worker and work directly for one individual usually within their own home. Working with people, feeling passionate about supporting and enabling them to live a more independent and fulfilling life is a rewarding and worthwhile job that provides excellent career opportunities.

By the end of the programme and to become an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices must have achieved the following:

  • Level 1 English and Maths - (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above).

  • Demonstrated that they have met the standards of the Care Certificate during the first part of their apprenticeship

  • An accredited Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care.

  • Industry Specific Requirements: Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as a Adult Care Worker in a range of areas. These include:
 

  • Nursing Homes

  • Domiciliary Care

  • Day Centres

  • Some Clinical Healthcare Settings

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Duration

12-18 Months

Level

2

Employer Contribution

5% / £150

 

Employer Incentive (New staff only)

£3,000 (Jan 2022)

 

Enrolment

Closed

Entry Requirements

Suitable for those either starting a role in care or just looking to achieve recognition of their existing skills at this level.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a Care Certificate although this is not essential as this will covered as part of the programme.