National Apprenticeship Week 2019 – Choosing an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 4 – 8 March and is a time to celebrate the legacy of apprenticeships, while also taking the opportunity to inform young people and businesses about the positive impacts apprenticeships could have for them.

Our team of educators and writers believe strongly in the importance of lifelong learning and apprenticeships. This is why we work hard to create the best possible online learning resources for colleges and training providers to use as part of their blended teaching and learning approach for their learners.

Why choose an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care?

The health and social care workforce is integral to our society. Whether it’s taking care of the elderly in their homes, working in a care home, or supporting people with additional needs; health and social care practitioners make an incredible difference to the lives of so many people and their loved ones.

As with childcare, working in the health and social care sector is an incredibly rewarding career path, and once again it’s also a lot of work! However, your commitment can mean bringing a smile to a person’s face and giving them the support and confidence they need to enjoy their day.

You might consider starting an apprenticeship in health and social care if you want to provide care to those who need it and are passionate about improving the standards of care to ensure all those who need support receive the very best individualised care to meet their varying needs.

What will you learn?

An example of a qualification you might complete as part of an apprenticeship is the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Care, though our learning resources are relevant to the standards for a wide variety of awarding organisations.

Throughout your apprenticeship, your on the job learning will help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively provide individualised care to service users. Your learning will cover a wide variety of areas including dementia awareness, mental health and well-being, supporting individuals with their physical and emotional care, daily living needs and healthcare procedures.

How will you learn?

As an apprentice you learn ‘on the job’ which means you gain hands-on experience from day one. This gives you the advantage of gaining invaluable experience from colleagues and managers in a real work environment. It also means you earn a salary while working towards achieving your qualification, and in most cases your apprenticeship costs are covered by Government funding.

To achieve your qualification you will need to produce work to show you are competent in each of the qualification criteria, which means you will successfully pass each unit. You will also need to show you are competent in your work environment.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you are asked to produced a written piece of work for each of the criteria as there are many different ways to collect evidence for your portfolio. You may also take part in a professional discussion with your trainer, produce reflective accounts, take part in group discussions, produce videos to show your competence, and be assessed via observation in the workplace.

If you are completing a qualification with a training provider or college who use our Laser e-portfolio and/or Laser Lessons resources, you will be supported by a trainer who will guide you through your qualification, set your workplans, and mark your work. They are the person you can contact whenever you have a question about your coursework or need advice about your learning journey.

Your trainer will conduct teaching sessions with you and you can then use the Laser Lessons resources to continue your study during your allocated learning time.

Here’s an example of a Think and Challenge section of a Laser Lessons resource created specifically for this qualification.


Rebecca and Irina are best friends and both work at Sunnyside Rest home looking after elderly residents, many of whom have symptoms of Dementia.

One day, Rebecca is late back from lunch and is told off by her line manager. Rebecca is then very annoyed at Irina for not helping her to complete her tasks or covering for her until she was back from lunch.

The girls are quite obviously upset with each other and many of the individuals they care for are starting to show signs of distress.

1. If you were Rebecca and Irina’s manager, how would you encourage them to sort out this problem?

2. What would you say to Rebecca and Irina about how their argument is affecting the people they look after?

3. How will you encourage Rebecca and Irina to develop a good professional relationship?

As our resources are online you can access them with an internet connection anywhere and at any time. If you are using the Laser e-portfolio you can also upload work, read feedback comments, and email your trainer at any time.

What roles can you go on to work in?

You can go on to work as an adult care worker, healthcare assistant or support worker, or personal assistant within a variety of environments in either the private or public sectors.

There are also higher levels of qualification you can achieve at levels 4, 5, and 6 which can aid you to move into manager positions or to further specialise your knowledge and skills to provide support and care to specific groups of people; this may be vulnerable adults, vulnerable children, or adults and children who are living with specific needs.

More about our Laser Lessons resources

Laser Lessons resources are written by subject specialists with vocational experience in their chosen area. Each lesson follows our unique Laser format, giving each learner:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further
  • A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

If you’re considering applying for an apprenticeship, look for local apprenticeship vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website.

If you are a training provider, college, or business who would like to more about using the Laser e-portfolio and Laser Lessons resources to deliver apprenticeship teaching and learning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.