Children's Care, Learning and Development - Advanced Apprenticeship at Metis Training
What is apprenticeship? Apprenticeship is for young people between the ages of 16-18 years, (in some cases, aged between 19 - 24). It is a work-based learning programme funded by the Learning and Skills Council and involves: • working directly with the children or young people in a registered setting • attendance at Metis Training once a week to learn the underpinning knowledge that forms the foundation of the practice Apprentices are expected to work between 30 - 35 hours a week and receive payment in line with apprenticeship guidelines. Apprentices who start the level 2 scheme as unemployed may be eligible for a Training Allowance. The Training The Learning and Skills Council provide funding for apprentices to undertake the training and to achieve practitioner status at levels 2 and 3: • National Vocational Qualification in Children's Care, Learning and Development • Technical Certificate: Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development • Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number Apprentices train on the job and support it with one half day out of the workplace to receive formal vocational teaching. Here apprentices gain the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to become a practitioner and gain essential skills for work including: • different stages of development, from babies to adolescence • theories on attachment, anxiety • how to scaffold children's learning • building skills of communication and problem solving The Assessment National Vocational Qualifications involve: • Assessment in the workplace • Production of a portfolio of evidence based on work products, witness statements and reflection • Assignments and question papers Mentoring support is given during class times and with one-to-one support appointments. Monitoring and Support An Apprentice Co-ordinator would visit the workplace every 4-6 weeks to monitor and review the apprentices progress and provide support to both the apprentice and the employer. The review officer becomes the regular contact point whilst on the scheme. The role includes monitoring and supporting health & safety, welfare, employment as well as setting targets for achievement. Making the correct career choices You may already be employed and working with children or young people and therefore have experience in this field. In this case, one of the Apprentice Co-ordinators will arrange an interview with you to run through the apprenticeship scheme and establish whether this is the right programme for you. On the level 2 apprenticeship scheme, if you are unemployed or just about to leave school and think this is the career for you, we will arrange an interview and if successful, a four-day trial in Carousel Nursery. These four days form part of the recruitment process; it gives you an opportunity to: • experience working in the sector • establish expectations • enable you to make an informed choice as to whether this is still an area you want to work in. At the same time, Metis Training gets the opportunity to assess: • your potential to work with children, • your commitment • whether you have the ability to succeed and achieve the award. A second interview with an Apprentice Co-ordinator will take place if you were successful at the four-day trial and you have decided this is still a path you want to take. Apprenticeship is a work-based training route and you will need to gain employment in the sector to achieve. Once accepted on the scheme, Metis Training will support you with seeking employment.
working in the job role at level 3, hold a level 2 vocational qualification for sector, literacy level 1
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Metis Training directly.