Adult Care Worker - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Workplace / College
Social care standards
About the Course
As an Adult Care Worker you will form part of the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs, to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible. To work in care is to make a positive difference to someones life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges.
You will need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. Job roles are varied and include residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person's own home or some clinical healthcare settings.
As an apprentice you will learn about adult care practices, principles and standards, including;
- care planning
- duty of care
- professional boundaries and individual dignity and respect
- supporting individual physical and mental well-being to help people live as independently as possible
- safeguarding including addressing personal rights and safety, dealing with abuse, comments and complaints and whistle-blowing
- communication skills including active listening, showing empathy and verbal, non-verbal and written communication
- health and safety practices and standards within a care environment including dealing with accidents, fire safety, hazardous substances and infection control
What You'll Study
The course will equip you with a variety of skills and knowledge to provide frontline care for vulnerable adults. This will include:
- How to contribute towards the development of a care plan, taking your lead from the individual and their preferences
- Learning about 'Duty of Care' and what that is in practice
- Understanding professional boundaries and individual dignity
- How to support an individual's physical and mental wellbeing
- Safeguarding and how to recognise unsafe practises in the workplace
- The importance of communication and active listening
- Being expert in current up to date health and safety practises and standards, including what to do if there is sudden injury or accident
You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 or above including GCSE Maths and English Language. The college will also accept functional Skills in Maths and English Level 1.
Additionally you will need to attend an information session before starting the programme and undertake a literacy & numeracy assessment prior to starting the apprenticeship training.