Every child deserves to be happy and confident. You can help build their self-esteem and make their lives better. Shape the future of the next generation by getting involved in social services. If you’re looking for regular training and growth, this is the industry for you.  

Look after children as a day care assistant or create a caring environment for them as a residential worker. Give young people and their families the support they need as a social worker. This modern apprenticeship will prepare you for a variety of childcare jobs.  

In Scotland, this sector has experienced tremendous growth. There are plenty of jobs to look for, with progression available too.   

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF level 7.   

It includes:  

  • Core units of an SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 7.  
  • A range of work experience 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

To achieve your qualification, you’ll be assessed during work. You’ll learn how to:  

  • Support successful communication 
  • Safeguard children and young people 
  • Further your knowledge and practice 
  • Promote health and safety within the work environment  

Your apprenticeship will also help you to develop the following core skills:  

  • Communication 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Working with others 
  • Numeracy 
  • Information and Communication technology  

These skills are transferable and will help your chances of getting a job in child care.  

Where could it take me?

Your Modern Apprenticeship gives you lots of options. You could further your education through another apprenticeship or work in childcare full time.   

Further study: By completing your Modern Apprenticeship you could go on to study for a Technical Apprenticeship at SCQF level 9. This experience can support a university application for a bachelors or masters in childcare.    

Straight to work: Use the knowledge you’ve gained to get a job in the social services industry. There are some examples below:

  • Support worker 
  • Childcare practitioner  
  • Day care assistant   
  • Residential care officer 
  • Community roles 
  • Offender accommodation 
  • Housing support care  

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this modern apprenticeship.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete. 

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