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There’s more to work than money. Explore a future that involves caring about others and you’ll discover just how rewarding it can really be. Try healthcare, social care, public services or maybe a job with the emergency services – there are plenty of choices for young people with the passion and skills to make a difference, every day.

Industry Summary

There’s more to work than money. Explore a future that involves caring about others and you’ll discover just how rewarding it can really be. Try healthcare, social care, public services or maybe a job with the emergency services – there are plenty of choices for young people with the passion and skills to make a difference, every day.

The health service isn’t just about doctors and nurses. It takes lots of different people, in hundreds of supporting roles – day in, day out. And sometimes even at night, too. You’ll change things for the better. Sometimes just for a few minutes. Other times, for life.

A future in healthcare could see you succeed in dental nursing, maternity, paediatric support, or even make it as an optician. Or perhaps public services is more your thing? Keeping our streets safe and supporting the local community. From the emergency services and custodial care services to youth services.

Choose a path into social care and it could see you caring for children, young people, the elderly, or those with disabilities and specialist health needs. Advance with a higher apprenticeship in leadership and management one day and you could go from providing care, to shaping how it’s delivered. Either way – do well and you’ll do good.

Wherever your passions lie, an apprenticeship promises a great start to a challenging and rewarding tomorrow.

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Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors

Work Description

Managers and proprietors in this group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the resources necessary in the provision and running of residential and day care establishments and domiciliary care services for persons who require specialised care and/or supervision.

Qualification

Although there are no pre-set academic entry requirements there are a variety of entry routes. However, entrants must be registered with the relevant statutory body and hold the appropriate qualification for the job they do. Off- and on-the-job training is provided and a range of qualifications is available including NVQs/SVQs in Health and Social Care at Levels 3 and 4. Background checks including a CRB check are required.

Job Tasks

determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements; plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities to staff; arranges for payment of bills, keeps accounts and adheres to health, safety and other statutory requirements; maintains contact between service users and the local community and/or family and friends; assesses service users’ needs and ensures they have access to health and social care services as required; creates a friendly, secure atmosphere to gain the trust and confidence of those using the service; ensures that the physical comfort and all material needs of service users are provided and attempts to resolve problems that may arise.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Nursery nurses and assistants

Work Description

Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

Qualification

Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades followed by the award of a certificate from the Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education. An NVQ/SVQ in Child Care and Education or equivalent qualification at level 3 is required to work as a nursery nurse. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary; supervises young children at mealtimes; plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children’s play; reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills; writes reports on children’s development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues; communicates with parents and colleagues on children’s development and well-being.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Childminders and related occupations

Work Description

Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.

Qualification

Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although employers may expect a candidate to possess a qualification accredited by the Council for Awards in Children’s Care or other qualifications. Childminders must be registered with OFSTED to care for children under the age of 8 years. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. A minimum age limit of 18 years applies, and CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

assists children to wash and dress; changes babies’ nappies and clothes as necessary and makes up bottles for feeds; plans, prepares and serves children’s meals and supervises children during meals; mends, washes and irons children’s clothes and tidies their rooms; provides, supervises and participates in children’s indoor and outdoor play activities to promote their development; takes children to participate in play groups or on appropriate outings; takes older children to and from school; maintains appropriate records of children’s development; complies with regulations set by OFSTED and their inspection requirements.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Playworkers

Work Description

Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.

Qualification

Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although some employers will expect candidates to possess or be working towards a relevant qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

supervises children’s games and encourages the development of physical, social and language skills; provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children’s activities; encourages children’s independence, self-confidence and social interaction; organises and supervises children on excursions; organises and supervises children’s activities in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, deals accordingly with injuries and emergencies; puts away equipment and cleans premises after use; liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Teaching assistants

Work Description

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Qualification

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience (possibly on a voluntary basis) alone. An NVQ Level 2 qualification is available. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom; looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons; listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories; assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities; makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work; helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Educational support assistants

Work Description

Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.

Qualification

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience alone. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Job Tasks

supports schoolwork under teacher’s supervision; helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence; identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance; implements care programmes, as appropriate; helps and encourages child to communicate; attends to child’s physical needs; provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Care workers and home carers

Work Description

Care workers and home carers attend to the personal needs and comforts of the elderly and the infirm with care and support needs (‘service users’) within residential care establishments, day care establishments or in their own homes.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements. In most cases workers will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body which involves satisfying the registration criteria. This would normally include holding or working towards the appropriate qualification for the job. Entrants must typically be 18 years old and have experience of working in a care environment. Both off- and on-the-job training is available. A wide range of qualifications including NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of care are available. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

Job Tasks

assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe; serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required; generally assists with service users’ overall comfort and well being; provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user; helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits; undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required; monitors service users’ conditions by taking temperature, pulse, respiration and weight, and contributes to record keeping; liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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