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    Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services (Children and Young People)

  • Eligible Schools:

    All Ayrshire Schools

    This course is for school pupils.

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilwinning Campus & Ayr Campus

    Year 1: Tue/Thu 2:00pm-4:00pm in College.

    Year 2: Work placement 1 full day (Thursday) plus College attendance on a Tuesday from 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Who is the course for?

If you are interested in pursuing a career in working with Children & Young People this two year Foundation Apprenticeship will provide you with your first steps into the industry. You will spend part of your week at College and also out on work experience over S5 and S6. When you complete the Foundation Apprenticeship you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience. This qualification will support your progress whether you plan to study at college, enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work. It will give you the skills and work experience to get a head start in your career.

Work Experience:

In addition to formal college tuition, time will be devoted to work related experience including for example, work placements, work shadowing, industry visits, an industry challenge and work related training. In year 1 you need to do this for at least 10 days (or equivalent hours) and. In year 2 you will be out on placement for at least one day per week. The college will help you find a placement that you can fit in around your school and college classes.

The Foundation Apprenticeship includes the new National Progression Award in Social Services: Children and Young People and the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services Children and Young People.

What is the course about?

This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in early learning and childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children and young people.

This course lets you find out what a career in social services would really be like - and if it’s right for you. It includes:

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Social Services: (Children and Young People)

The NPA will give you the knowledge you need for the SVQ, along with the practical skills required for delivering early learning and childcare opportunities for children. You will learn about safeguarding, play, communication, development and wellbeing of children & young people

You’ll spend part of your week at college and have the opportunity to get involved in stay, play and learn sessions with local early learning and childcare service. In year two you will go out on work experience so that your occupational competencies can be assessed. You’ll

achieve the Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services (Children and Young People) as you complete your work placement. You’ll learn about effective communication, health & safety of yourself and individuals, support the safeguarding of children, the development of children and young people, and children’s learning through play.

What do I need?

For a place on this course, you’ll need to have, or be working towards, at least 4 National 5 qualifications including English or Literacy. Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to interact and communicate respectfully with children and staff, work with others and problem solve.

How will I be assessed?

The NPA Units are assessed in College and are testing your knowledge and understanding of the Unit content. The SVQ level 2 mandatory units will be assessed in the workplace. These assessments are practical – you will carry out tasks and your assessor will observe you and say when you have shown that you can carry them out correctly. You will also keep a reflective log and produce accounts to demonstrate your knowledge, values and practical skills. Your SVQ Assessor will visit you regularly to make sure that you are doing well and on track with your vocational qualification.  

Next Steps

Successful completion of this Foundation Apprenticeship includes Scottish Social Services Council registration eligibility for support worker in day care of children services. Most jobs in day care of children services are at practitioner level and certification for these roles is at SVQ 3, but some employers use SVQ 2 as entry to SVQ 3.

Once you’ve achieved this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll have an industry recognised qualification and extensive work experience which will really help in your future career. It will support your progress whether you plan to study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice or enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship or go straight into work.

You’ll have a solid basis for moving onto a Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People). This will qualify you as a support worker and practitioner in a range of services across the sector, such as day care services or out of school care as a nursery assistant, play leader or nursery officer.

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