Health & Social Care Apprenticeships

Health & Social Care Apprenticeships

The health and social care industry provides some of the most rewarding careers, where you can make a real difference to people’s lives. 

‘Across the UK, there are approximately 3.1 million healthcare and social assistance employees, representing 11% of national employment.’ (source

A Health and Social Care Apprenticeship provides the perfect way to get started in a range of healthcare and social care career positions. An apprenticeship in social care or health care provides you with essential experience and skills to support a range of adults and children in need of professional care. 

The range of apprenticeships available to choose from in this industry allows you to find a role that suits you and allows you to offer care for specific groups of people, whether you are interested in working with the elderly, young people, or those with physical or mental disabilities. 

What Do Health and Social Care Apprenticeships Involve?

Practical Experience 

Apprenticeships involve elements of work experience and learning. This means that Health and Social Care Apprenticeships provide you with the key practical experience, as well as the knowledge to give much-needed support and change somebody’s life when faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, or intellectual challenges.

Understanding of the Industry

This makes health care apprenticeships an essential starting point for many who consider a career in a caregiving role and a great way to broaden your understanding of the health and social care industry, as well as experience which sectors you find the most rewarding. Not only that, but health and social apprenticeships allow you to earn a wage whilst you are learning and taking on new skills, coming out of it with a nationally recognised qualification. 

Develop Care Skills

Not only does a health and social care apprenticeship provide you with new key care skills, but you will also develop and build on the right values and behaviours during the apprenticeship. This helps you build on your communication skills, people skills, and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential for providing quality and compassionate care.

What Jobs Can You Get With a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship?

Through completing a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship, you will gain the necessary skills to work in a range of care organisations, including care homes, residential homes, or as part of care services provided by local authorities. This is a greatly rewarding career, and an apprenticeship in social work or health care is a great way to kickstart your career while also identifying whether a career in health and social is right for you. 

These roles require health and social care apprentices who enjoy working with people and want to give back, in order to provide a good service of care and support for the less able and sometimes vulnerable people. You will also need to be aware of the emotional and even physical challenges of working in a career in this sector and be able to cope with this to provide professional care that benefits vulnerable groups in need. 

There are a range of job opportunities that health and social apprenticeships can open you up to:

  • Care of Support Worker
  • Substance Misuse Worker
  • Learning Disability Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Social Services Officer
  • Family Support Worker
  • Adult Nursing Support
  • Maternity Support
  • Children and Young People Support

Apply for a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship

We provide a range of health care apprenticeships and social care apprenticeships that offer a combination of work and study and range from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to Level 3 (A-Level equivalent). These cover a variety of care and support roles, helping you find the right health and social apprenticeship for you.

The Health and Social apprenticeships we offer include:

  • Level 2 - Adult Care Worker
  • Level 2 - Healthcare Support Worker
  • Level 3 - Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Level 3 - Senior Healthcare Support Worker

To find out more, view our range of health and social care apprenticeships.

Who can apply for a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship?

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • Over 16 years of age
  • Living in England
  • Not currently in full-time education - you can apply for an apprenticeship in advance of leaving school if you are 16 years of age once you finish your studies
  • You can apply if you already have a role in health and social care as apprenticeships are also a great way to build on and develop existing skills and open up new career opportunities. Apprenticeships aren’t designed only for young people leaving school and can be just as valuable for those looking to learn new skills later in life. 


What health and social qualifications will be achieved?

This is dependent on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for and take. For example, Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to achieving five good GCSEs and Level 3 apprenticeships can be equivalent to two A-Level qualifications. All our apprenticeships and the awarding bodies we use are nationally recognised and accredited. 

How will I be assessed?

The health and social apprenticeships offered by The Source Academy involve a range of assessment types to allow you to showcase your skills and knowledge in various ways. Assessments include tests, discussions/interviews, portfolios, and observation of practical skills. 

How do I apply?

You can apply for the health and social apprenticeships we have available via our vacancies page. We provide apprenticeships across South Yorkshire area including Sheffield, Rotherham, and Barnsley. The application involves following a simple step-by-step process. 

What can you do after your apprenticeship?

Health and social apprenticeships open up a range of career opportunities. You can choose to progress with the employer who provided your apprenticeship should you receive a job offer, change jobs or career path to a specific sector of health or social that you had in mind, or go on to study a higher-level apprenticeship and keep building on your portfolio of skills and experience. 

What skills do you need to apply for a health and social apprenticeship?

Lower-level apprenticeships don’t require you to have any existing skills in health and social care. Despite this, there are certain characteristics and personal skills that are desirable that would ensure you are more likely to be accepted and successful in your chosen apprenticeship due to this being a career that involves working closely with vulnerable people. 

These personal skills can include:

  • Positive attitude
  • Hardworking and able to use initiative 
  • Kind, understanding, patient, and empathetic
  • Able to work well with others and independently
  • Strong and natural communication skills

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