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Why Voyage CareTrainingApprenticeships

Our apprenticeship programme offers you the opportunity to earn whilst you learn. You can gain valuable experience, on the job training and nationally recognised qualifications. There are a range of opportunities to move up the career ladder once qualified. We also welcome candidates who have the drive to develop and grow into more senior roles at Voyage Care.

Who’s eligible for an apprenticeship with Voyage Care?

You simply need to be over 16 years old to be eligible and we have two types of apprenticeship programmes. One for young apprentices and the other for staff who have already passed their probation period.

Our requirements for the young apprenticeship programme

The young apprenticeship programme is perfect for somebody who has left education and is looking to start their career and join the world of work. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience, earn a wage and achieve a qualification without further classroom study. The entry requirements are:

  • Age 16-18
  • UK resident
  • Level D or above or new grades level 3 or above in English and Maths GCSEs
  • Commitment to study and work at the same time

Our requirements for the general apprenticeship programme

The general apprenticeship programme has been created to support our existing staff to gain a qualification from the experience they have gained in their role and help them further develop. The entry requirements are:

  • Passed probation
  • Work more than 16 hours a week
  • Current permanent / contracted member of staff

Levels of the apprenticeship programme

Our apprenticeship programmes have different levels to suit your needs and experience. Depending on where you are in your career journey the programme can help you to take the next step to further develop your career.

  • Level two – support worker
  • Level three – senior support worker
  • Level four – deputy manager, field support supervisor*
  • Level five – service managers, senior managers

*This is currently available in certain areas only.

Functional skills

These will include Maths and English up to level two. The Maths assessment is a written test paper. The English assessment is broken down into three parts reading, writing, speaking and listening test, all of which are observed.

Diploma

This is a work-related competency-based qualification. It’s assessed in the work place and shows the skills and knowledge you are gaining.

Apprenticeship Standard

This showcases your skills, knowledge and behaviours that you have learned. Through teaching, learning and assessment, enabling you to complete the end point assessment.

How do they work?

Process for young apprenticeship programme

Application

The application process takes four weeks. This is from the day we receive your application until your first day on the job.

Induction

When you have a start date, you will have an induction with your manager, mentor and assessor. At this point you will work with them to create your learning plan.

Learn while you earn

You will gain valuable experience and skills and earn the minimum wage for apprentices.

Progression reviews

Your manager, mentor and VQ assessors will support you throughout the apprenticeship. Progression reviews help you to review your achievements and plan your next steps. These will happen every eight weeks.

End point assessment

An external provider will assess you. You will have support to make sure you do your very best to get that qualification.

Process for existing staff

Existing staff can apply by completing the application forms on Hive. Once completed, or if you have any questions, email NLDC@voyagecare.com.

**Disclaimer** Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 our Apprenticeships programmes are currently on hold.

Amanda’s career journey in care

Amanda Griffiths began her career in care as a student nurse at the age of 18. It’s not a career that she had considered at that time. Due to the recession in the 80’s, she was looking for a job and was happy to take on any job. After a conversation with a friend, and a leap of faith, Amanda began her first shift as a young student nurse in December 1982.

Fast forward to today, over 30 years later, Amanda is the Quality Director at Voyage Care. We spoke to Amanda about her career in care.

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