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5 things you should know about childcare apprenticeships
Undertaking a childcare apprenticeship is a great way to gain valuable practical experience in working with children, as well as gaining theoretical knowledge and professional qualifications.
We have compiled a handy guide to the 5 key things that any prospective childcare apprentice should know and how completing one could benefit your future!
There are several types of placements and employers
Typically, childcare apprenticeships are based within early learning centres, pre-schools, nurseries and crèches, social care schemes or youth/community club facilities. As an applicant, this gives you a greater variety of placements that you can apply to in your local area as well as the flexibility to filter vacancies based on their environment/setting.
You can gain multiple qualifications
Whilst a childcare apprenticeship enriches both your practical experience and theoretical knowledge, it also provides you with the opportunity to gain several nationally-recognised qualifications. For example, upon the successful completion of a Level 2 apprenticeship, you would gain the following qualifications:
- Diploma for the children and young people’s workforce – level 2
- Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT – level 1
There is also the option to progress onto further levels of study, e.g. levels 3 and 4, thus enhancing your employability for the future.
You don’t need any previous experience working with children
Whilst previous work experience is beneficial, it is not a compulsory requirement for applicants who would like to pursue a childcare apprenticeship. Employers are seeking candidates who will be an asset to their company and are positive, hardworking and trustworthy in their approach to work.
You will receive thorough training and support
As a childcare apprentice, you will have the same rights and responsibilities as your co-workers; therefore, you will receive equal training and opportunities from your employer. You will also be assigned a personal tutor and be given full access to the necessary training materials and study supports that will enable you to be successful with your studies.
Quick progression is easily attainable
For hardworking apprentices, the majority of employers will offer the opportunity for further study and/or the opportunity of permanent employment, following the first 12 months of your level 2 childcare diploma. Equally, working alongside your studies puts you at an advantage compared to university graduates who may be lacking in practical experience and is invaluable for further job and training applications you may choose to pursue following your apprenticeship.