About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 2 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the health and social care industry.
If you successfully complete the apprenticeship, you'll be awarded a level 2 qualification and be recognised as a qualified person within the industry sector.
Achievement of a level 2 apprenticeship in health and social care will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both the competence and knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 1
- communication – level 1
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 1 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.
Competency and knowledge qualifications
Apprentices need to complete both a competency-based and a knowledge-based qualification, from the list below.
- BIIAB level 2 diploma in health and social care (Northern Ireland) 603/5212/7
- NCFE CACHE level 2 diploma in health and social care (adults) (Northern Ireland) 603/4401/5
- City & Guilds level 2 diploma in health and social care (Northern Ireland) 603/5088/X
- BIIAB level 2 diploma in health and social care (adults) for Wales and Northern Ireland 601/6856/0
- OCN NI Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland) 603/7209/6
- City & Guilds level 2 certificate in Induction into Adult social care in Northern Ireland 600/0506/3
- BIIAB level 2 certificate in Induction into adult social care in Northern Ireland 601/8995/2
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be employed to take part in the programme.
There are no formal entry requirements for learners to take part in this apprenticeship, although employers may apply their own criteria at recruitment.
Employers and contractors must make sure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.
See also the DfE operational requirements for eligibility information.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from training contractors that the ERR has been completed.
It's the training contractor/ college's responsibility to make sure that all components of this framework are delivered in line with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
The content of this framework (Framework No 19 Issue 12: 03/21) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.
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