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Adult Care Worker – Apprenticeship

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. Adult Care Workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

During this apprenticeship, you will be required to learn the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

The job you have to do, your main tasks and responsibilities.
– The tasks and responsibilities of the job role relevant to the context of the service in which you are working. This could include supporting with social activities, monitoring health, assisting with eating, mobility and personal care.
– Professional boundaries and limits of your training and expertise.
– Relevant statutory standards and codes of practice for your role.
– What the ‘duty of care’ is in practice.
– How to contribute towards the development and creation of a care plan underpinned by the individuals preferences in regard to the way they want to be supported.
– How to identify, respond to and escalate changes to physical, social, and emotional needs of individuals.
– How to access, follow and be compliant with regulations and organisational policies and procedures.

The importance of having the right values and behaviours.
– How to support and enable individuals to achieve their personal aims and goals.
– What dignity means in how to work with individuals and others.
– The importance of respecting diversity and treating everyone equally.

The importance of communication.
– The barriers to communication.
– The impact of non-verbal communication.
– The importance of active listening.
– How the way you communicate can affect others.
– Different forms of communication
– How to find out the best way to communicate with the individual you are supporting.
– How to make sure confidential information is kept safe.

How to support individuals to remain safe from harm (Safeguarding).
– What abuse is and what to do when you have concerns someone is being abused.
– The national and local strategies for safeguarding and protection from abuse.
– What to do when receiving comments and complaints.
– How to recognise unsafe practices in the workplace.
– The importance and process of whistleblowing.
– How to address any dilemmas you may face between a person’s rights and their safety.

How to promote health and wellbeing for the individuals you support and work colleagues.
– The health and safety responsibilities of self, employer and workers.
– How to keep safe in the work environment.
– What to do when there is an accident or sudden illness.
– What to do with hazardous substances.
– How to promote fire safety.
– How to reduce the spread of infection.
– What a risk assessment is and how it can be used to promote person centred care safely.

How to work professionally, including your own professional development.
– What a professional relationship is with the person being supported and colleagues.
– How to work together with other people and organisations in the interest of the person being supported.
– How to be actively involved in their personal development plan.
– The importance of excellent core skills in writing, numbers and information technology.
– What to do to develop, sustain and exhibit a positive attitude and personal resilience.
– Where and how to access specialist knowledge when needed to support performance of the job role

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : AB153 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 18 Months
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Course details


Assessments will include Assessment Gateway, on-programme Assessment and end-point assessment overview.

Entry Requirements

Individuals without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.


This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.

Facilities and resources

As an apprentice, you will have full access to the college facilities.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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