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Health & Social Care

Are you a caring, thoughtful person who loves to help others? An apprenticeship in health and social care may be just what you're looking for.

Thousands of people in the UK need care. Many people can't manage by themselves due to old age, disabilities or many other factors and they rely on the care given by health & social care professionals to enjoy a better quality of life.

As a health and social care apprentice, you'll gain real, authentic experience of working in the health and social care industry. You'll be taken on by an actual employer in this sector, where you'll learn new skills alongside industry professionals and also at college, where you may be required to complete additional work.

Apprentices are eligible for earning an apprenticeship wage, which is a minimum value employers must pay apprentices, set out by the government. Apprenticeships may also lead to a full-time job after completion, or you can move on to further training such as a higher level course, a university degree or even higher apprenticeships.

What Type of Jobs Could I Find Myself Doing as a Health & Social Care Apprentice?

The role you may end up doing as an apprentice will vary depending on the level of apprenticeship you take, as well as the role the employer is offering.

Some examples of the type of work social care apprentices can do include:

At Level 2/3

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Domiciliary Care Worker
  • Activities Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Senior Care Worker
  • Community Support/Outreach Worker
  • Inclusion Officer

At Level 4+

  • Nursing (Child and Adult)
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Specialist Community Nursing

The roles available to you will vary depending on your previous experience, your qualifications and the type of work the employer is offering to you.

Many apprentices use the qualification and skills they've gained during their health and social care apprenticeship to move on to further education. For example, you could work as a health care assistant apprentice, earn your level 2 qualification and move on to a level 3 role as a support worker. You could then stay in your career (if the employer offers you a full time position) or you could move on to do a degree at university specialising in something such as nursing.

There are so many opportunities in this sector - that's why you should strongly consider a career as an apprentice in health and social care.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Please check out the live Apprenticeship vacancies below that are currently being advertised with some great organisations we are working with.

If you haven’t used the www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk before you must create an account to apply. Creating an account allows you to:

  • apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • track your apprenticeship applications
  • receive alerts about new apprenticeships

To find out more information, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 5508 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk.

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Latest vacancies

Manufacturing Apprentice

BERGER CLOSURES LTD
5 DOXFORD DRIVE, SOUTH WEST INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PETERLEE SR8 2RL
Posted
Berger Closures are looking for an apprentice who is hardworking, committed and motivated. The role will involve working in production on a welding machine, and also cleaning and maintaining the machine. The is the opportunity for progression within the company for the right candidate.
Course Route
Engineering and manufacturing
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
40.00
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
East Durham College

Administrator Apprentice Quality Assurance Department

PRIMA CHEESE LTD
13 PARTNERSHIP COURT, SEAHAM GRANGE IND EST, SEAHAM, CO DURHAM SR7 0PX
Posted
We have an immediate opening for an exciting position in our Quality Assurance team. Prima Cheese Ltd is based in Seaham, County Durham and we are now looking for a QA Admin Apprentice who will support the QA department in the general administration duties.
Course Route
Business and administration
Start date
Duration
18 Months
Hours per week
37.50
Apprenticeship Level
Advanced
Provider
East Durham College

Receptionist / Administration Apprenticeship

PRIMA CHEESE LTD
13 PARTNERSHIP COURT, SEAHAM GRANGE IND EST, SEAHAM, CO DURHAM SR7 0PX
Posted
We have an immediate opening for an exciting position in our Administration team. Prima Cheese Ltd is based in Seaham, County Durham and we are now looking for an Admin Apprentice who will support the Admin Assistant in the general reception and office duties.
Course Route
Sales, marketing and procurement
Start date
Duration
12 Months
Hours per week
37.50
Apprenticeship Level
Intermediate
Provider
East Durham College