Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce

The role of the framework is to support employers of this workforce that provides qualitysocial care, children, early years and young people’s services across the UK. To support the development of a highly qualified, well skilled workforce within the Children and Young People’s sector, and ensure that children and youngpeople accessing services in England gain the best possible care and support

Job roles could include:
• Early Years
• Worker/Assistant
• Care Worker/Assistant
• Assistant Youth Support &Community Worker
Pathway 1: Children and Young People’s Workforce
Total minimum credit value for this pathway: 53 credits
Combined knowledge and competence qualification – 35 credits
ERR – 3 credits
Maths (transferable skill) – 5 credits
English (transferable skill) – 5 credits
ICT (transferable skill) – 5 credits

Competence qualifications available to this pathway
Knowledge qualifications available to this pathway

Combined qualifications available to this pathway
There are no separate knowledge qualifications for this framework.

The following mandatory units from the combined knowledge/skills qualification (below) provide the knowledge only Elements:

Child and Young Person Development (2 credits)
Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People (3 credits)
Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People (2 credits)

Functional Skills
• English: Level 1
• Mathematics: Level 1
• ICT: Level 1

Employee rights and responsibilities
The ERR element of this framework will be met by completion of an externally assessed and verified qualification which covers all nine of the national outcomes/standards required by SASE.

Progression routes into and from this pathway
There are a number of ways that learners can progress into this pathway. These could include:
• Working within children or young people’s setting (service), either on an employed or voluntary basis, and gaining valuable experience of the sector.
• Undertaking related qualifications at school or after leaving school: e.g. the Society, Health and Development Diploma may provide some good underpinning knowledge and an understanding of the sector. There are also a large number of foundation learning qualifications and vocationally related qualifications available that do not provide occuptional competence but do provide good underpinning knowledge for the sector.


This pathway is intended to provide learners with a good starting point within the sector, working under supervision (e.g. pre-school assistant, nursery assistant).

However it is expected that learners will progress, either onto the Advanced Apprenticeship pathway or onto the L3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce as a stand-alone qualification.

This will ensure that, as practitioners, they meet the appropriate level of competency, as determined by registration and regulatory requirements. Progression to L3 or Advanced Apprenticeship will also enable them to move to higher levels of work

or enable them to work unsupervised, eg. nursery supervisor, childminder, foster carer.

This pathway also provides a good opportunity for learners to move across the wider children’s workforce, should they wish to do so. This is possible due to the “commonality” of much of the learning contained within the combined qualification – there are a number of units that are shared across qualifications in related occupations (e.g. schools support services, care, health,


There are no entry requirements for this pathway in addition to the general framework entry requirements.

Learners considering this framework should have an interest in working with children and should be suitable to do so as it is a requirement to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on the job and classroom based learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business, giving you increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent workforce. Training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs*. *(Survey conducted by Populus on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council) February 2009
Apprenticeship programmes provide a structured paid national training route within the workplace, which is supported with on-going professional development. You will have the opportunity to undertake a ‘portfolio’ of skills and qualifications that will allow you to progress within your work environment and/or progress to both further and higher education, if necessary.
Duration: 12 months to 18 months
The cost of this qualification maybe fully funded
Eligibility Criteria:
UK passport, Valid Visa, In case of Spouse of EEU or British Citizen then Marriage certificate and Passport of Spouse, In case of Indefinite visa proof of living in UK for minimum 3 years.