Apprenticeships in care: Earn while you learn
12 May 2021
Are you looking to work with children or adults? Have you considered an apprenticeship?
If you are over 16, want to gain experience and get paid then an apprenticeship might be the right option for you. While working you will study towards a qualification relevant to the role you are employed to do.
Apprenticeships are available in Welsh and English, so you can learn new skills and develop your Welsh language in the workplace.
There are apprenticeships available at levels 2,3,4 and 5. Apprenticeship roles vary from day care or creche assistant practitioners and social care workers to managers and deputy managers of early years and social care settings.
Funding is available for apprenticeships. The Welsh Government pays for the training element while the employer pays for the employment costs, such as salary.Training funding supports new apprentices in apprenticeship jobs as well as those workers who are already in employment wishing to up-skill and gain recognised qualifications for their area of work. Eligibility criteria applies.
Apprenticeship jobs are advertised all year round and can be found on the Welsh Government website, Careers Wales website, on the jobs pages of local authority websites and individual social care and early years organisations websites.
Sion Page, Services Manager
Chloe Paterson, Daytime Opportunity Support Worker
Lleucu Edwards, Leader of Cylch Meithrin Eco Tywi
For more information about apprenticeships in Wales, visit:
- Social Care Wales: www.socialcare.wales/learning-and-development/apprenticeships
- Welsh Government: www.gov.wales/apprenticeships-genius-decision
- Careers Wales: www.careerswales.gov.wales/apprenticeships
There are many routes into working in social care and early years. Learn about the jobs available in working with children and adults in Wales, or try our learning resource ‘A Question of Care’ to see what a career in care is like.