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Health and social care apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the health and social care sector.

This apprenticeship covers a wide range of job roles on 2 pathways: the adult social care pathway and the health care pathway. This could mean working in the NHS, the private sector, local authorities or in the voluntary sectors.

Training opportunities

Your job role will depend on the pathway that you choose.

Social Care

You’ll be helping people with a particular need such as the disabled, the elderly or people with learning disabilities in their everyday life. This type of care usually takes place in the home, in care homes or in the community. It can include anything from helping people get dressed to transporting them to and from a residential home or taking them shopping.

Health Care

You could work in hospitals, the community, hospices or private clinics as a healthcare support worker or a healthcare assistant. You could be supporting doctors and nurses or helping patients in hospital wards or their homes by serving food and making and changing beds.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeship.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • healthcare support worker
  • healthcare assistant
  • care assistant
  • personal assistant
  • relief team worker
  • night care assistant
  • support worker: supported living
  • key workers in residential, domiciliary or day services
  • home care support worker
  • substance misuse worker
  • mental health support or outreach worker
  • re-enablement worker

Advanced level apprenticeship

You can train in roles like:

  • senior healthcare support worker
  • senior healthcare assistant
  • care officer
  • care supervisor
  • senior care worker
  • supervising care worker
  • senior support worker
  • relief team leader
  • social work assistant
  • social services officer
  • outreach development worker
  • community support worker
  • community outreach worker
  • community development worker
  • family support worker
  • personal assistant

Completion of the advanced apprenticeship will stand you in good stead for progression onto higher education in subjects like nursing or midwifery and operating department practitioner roles in the care sector or management roles in care homes.

Apply for a health and social care apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education