Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 3 Apprenticeship

Level 3

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Admissions code E1-080
Start dateOngoing
CentreLambeth College / Employer premises
Length of courseDifferent durations available
Course modePart-time

Price on application.

This framework is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare; Children’s Social Care; Learning Development & Support Services).

This framework is suitable for those already working in the sector. At Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship), the qualification confirms competence in this area and serves as the required qualification (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the early learning and childcare sector.

The greater part of the Apprenticeship is spent in the workplace. Time is also spent in college, studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Course content:

During the Apprenticeship programme, you will complete a number of mandatory units, including for example:

  • Promoting communication
  • Promoting equality and inclusion in children and young people’s settings
  • Engaging in personal development
  • Principles for implementing duty of care

All apprentices will follow a functional skills programme of Maths and English. You will also undertake Employment Right & Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills elements, plus a technical knowledge element (covering theoretical concepts, knowledge and understanding) as part of the framework.

To achieve the framework:

You will need to complete a portfolio and pass work based practical assessments and take on-line assessments to establish knowledge and experience. You will be assessed and supported by one of the College’s assessors and will be mentored by your employer in the workplace.

After this course:

The course supports progression onto other related courses, including: Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People Level 3 and other care-related short courses.

Funding Support:

Apprenticeships for those aged under 19 are fully funded. Apprenticeships for those over this age are part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

Employer Contribution:

Information on the required employer contribution is available on request.

You must be aged 16 or over.  

Learners should have an interest in working with children and should be suitable to do so as it is a requirement to undergo an enhanced CRB check. Learners will be required to demonstrate competence within their chosen area of the children and young people’s workforce and will therefore be required to be employed within the sector.

Currently self-employed workers (e.g. child-minders and foster carers) are not able to undertake an Apprenticeship. It is suggested that those foster carers and child-minders who wish to undertake the L2 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce do so as a stand-alone qualification.

There are no formal qualification entry requirements in order to access the framework. There is a drive to have a minimum Level 2 qualified, graduate led workforce, therefore there are expectations to ensure a good level of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills to facilitate learner progression.

Employers and training providers should ensure the Principles and Values essential for working with children and young people are taken into account when recruiting candidates.

All candidates need to have attained employment, and be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week under a contract of employment. There is a minimum literacy and numeracy requirement which will be assessed prior to enrolment. An Employer Agreement is needed as this is a work-based qualification. Your offer is also subject to a successful interview.

If you are interested in applying for this course please apply online and we will contact you as soon as possible to invite you in for an interview.

Alternatively please download a pdf copy of our Application Form.

If you are currently at school please make sure you print off a School Reference Request Form and give it to your teacher or equivalent.

You can also e-mail or call 020 7501 5000 for a hard copy of the application form.

For more information please call our Course Advice and Information Service on 020 7501 5000.

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