Do you want to educate and inspire children and young people? Would you like to have a meaningful impact on their future? This apprenticeship develops practical skills for employment in one of Scotland’s most respected sectors. 

Whether you’re looking to become a teacher or a carer, there are a wide range of opportunities available for you in social services. The sector covers health and wellbeing, psychiatry, family support and many other life-changing care roles. Transform a local teenager’s life as a youth worker. Provide vital assistance to patients as a care worker. Bring the public together as a community outreach officer. 

 During this course, you'll gain an understanding of the challenges that children and young people face. Youll see how experienced care professionals handle difficult situations. However you wish to help children and young people, youll use this apprenticeship to equip yourself with the essential tools for a successful career. 

What's the qualification?

You will earn a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF level 9 in Social Services (Children and Young People). This qualification consists of: 

  • Specialised SVQ modules and units of transferable career skills 
  • A range of work experience in a relevant job role that develops your abilities in a practical environment 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

Depending on the course units that you choose, you will learn how to: 

  • Safeguard children and young people 
  • Provide valuable community care services 
  • Create early education curriculums for children 
  • Support children and young people emotionally, cognitively and socially 
  • Work with children with special needs 
  • Educate parents on best childcare practices  

You will also develop a range of practical career skills that will develop your employability further. These skills include: 

  • Team management and leadership 
  • Budget management 
  • Performance review and improvement 
  • Equality of opportunity training 
  • Health and safety training 
  • Employee recruitment processes  

These skills are applicable to a vast range of industries that complement social services including hospitality, healthcare and education. 

Where could it take me?

There are many opportunities for career progression upon completion of this Technical Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People). You can begin further study courses or join the social services workforce straight away. 

Further education:  Develop your knowledge to work in high-level senior roles. The SVQ in Leadership and Management for Care Services is ideal for this type of career progression. 

Straight to work: Use your qualification in social services to secure employment immediately. After completing the apprenticeship, you could begin a career in jobs such as:  

  • Social Care Worker 
  • Residential Care Worker 
  • Community Outreach Officer 
  • Day Care Assistant 
  • Youth Worker 
  • Childminder 
  • Foster Carer 

Entry requirements

A modern apprenticeship at SCQF level 7 in Social Services (Children and Young People) can qualify you for this course. Alternatively, you can obtain the necessary practical experience by undertaking a work placement in social services before applying for the course.


This Technical Apprenticeship will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.  

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