This Foundation Apprenticeship gives pupils skills to prepare for a social services career. It helps pupils understand:
Apprentices would help to look after young children, support them and their families and do fun activities. They could prepare for roles such as:
The Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) includes:
Example of course units include:
Pupils don't need formal qualifications for entry, but should have:
The pupil would select a Foundation Apprenticeship as a school subject choice. Then they'd go through a recruitment process arranged by the college, or other learning provider. It's great if you can get involved, too.
Pupils need to register with the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme before placement.
Pupils will get the skills, knowledge and competence to help them move on to:
These will help them to prepare for working in a social services subject.
If you're looking to hire, Foundation Apprenticeships help you spot talented pupils. You can assess their skills on a longer term than a regular interview process would allow.
SCQF Qualification levels explained
As an employer, you can decide what level of involvement you have in the apprenticeship. You can discuss this with the college or other learning provider who's working with you.
There’s no financial cost to you as an employer because the learner is still at school. But investing your time can bring rewards, with access to talented young people in your workplace.
Pupils study a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of their school subjects, usually over S5 and S6. Placement experience takes place in both S5 and S6.
In S5 pupils may complete an industry challenge project based on a children’s care practice issue. They could spend up to 10 days learning about children's daycare and care practice.
In S6 each pupil must complete a work placement of about 1 day a week. That helps them build the evidence needed to complete the units from the SVQ.
It's possible for pupils to get more chances to work in daycare settings in the summer holidays. This will add to their understanding of children’s needs.
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