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Apprenticeships Improve the skills of existing staff and new staff in your business

Apprenticeships for Employers


An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications. They are a cost effective way of improving the skills of existing staff and new staff in your business.

It is becoming more evident that apprenticeships for both existing and new staff is crucial in securing a skilled and competent health and social care workforce for the future. Skills for Care estimate growth in the paid adult social care workforce from the current 1.63 million, to around 2.2 million by 2015. Therefore it is essential to increase the number of trained and qualified employees in the sector.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications. They are a cost effective way of improving the skills of existing staff and new staff in your business.

What Apprenticeships are available?

Our Apprenticeship programme offers apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5 in a diverse range of work areas within the health and social care sector - to care workers, seniors and management within residential services, day services or domiciliary care; as well as, childcare workers, nursery nurses, cleaners, kitchen staff and administrators.

What are the key elements within an Apprenticeship?

Each apprenticeship contains core training in the subject area, optional modules or pathways to tailor the course to the learner’s specific job role, functional skills in Maths, English and ICT dependant on apprenticeship requirements and learners level of literacy and numeracy before the programme.

Who is eligible to become an apprentice?

Any existing or new members of staff will need to have been a resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the past 3 years and should be at least 16 years old.

How will the course be taught?

Learning is undertaken by a mixture of 1 to 1 sessions, group sessions, on/off the job training and mentor support. Delivery models can vary to fit in with your business needs and Apprenticeship requirements. The flexible nature of this type of training means your business gains maximum impact for minimal disruption.

How long does an Apprenticeship take to complete?

The length of apprenticeship training will vary depending on the prior skills and knowledge level of each individual learner. However, it will take a minimum of 12 months to complete an apprenticeship.

How to recruit an apprentice?

If you would like to recruit a new member of staff under the apprenticeship programme, NCT can help. We work both locally and nationally and can assist with all stages of the recruitment process. We can advertise your apprenticeship vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Service, related recruitment websites and social media platforms to ensure maximum visibility for your vacancies.

We can receive applications on your behalf and shortlist suitable candidates, to save you the hassle of going through piles of applications! If required, we can also assist with the interview process depending on your business needs.

Is my business eligible for funding?

Apprenticeship funding is available through the National Apprenticeship Service. The size of the contribution varies, depending on the individual learner(s). (see our employer funding and grant page)

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