Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Children & Young Peoples' Workforce
About this course

The children and young people’s workforce makes up approximately 10% of the labour market in England and includes people working in all sectors of the economy. A large number are public sector employees, including in schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS.

At this level, apprentices tend to work in settings or services whose main purpose is children’s care, learning and development. Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills.

This apprenticeship gives people a fulfilling opportunity to work with children and young people while also gaining an understanding into the ‘how’s’ and ‘whys’ of their development.

What will I learn?

On this apprenticeship you will learn about the theory behind childcare, how and why certain characteristics develop and how to care for each child equally.

As an apprentice, your exact role will depend on your employer and the age of the children you care for.

Mandatory units:

  • The communication and personal development of children
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in a childcare setting
  • How to provide a positive environment and how to support positive behaviour
  • How to contribute to children and young people’s health and safety
  • The importance of safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Partnership working in services for children and young people
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships with children and young people
Entry requirements

Minimum Entry level 3 or GCSE grade E (or equivalent)  in Maths and English. All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT and an additional entrance test.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. Each apprenticeship involves a structured programme of training leading to a recognised qualification, and they are available at different levels, letting you choose the speed you wish to learn at.

What is involved in the framework?

  • Competence Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Knowledge Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce
  • Skills Element Functional Skills English Level 1
  • Skills Element Functional Skills Maths Level 1
  • Skills Element Functional Skills ICT Level 1
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning Thinking Skills 
Additional costs and information

This is a stepping-stone qualification, as it is a sector requirement that all childcare candidates will ultimately achieve the minimum of a level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship) qualification to be deemed professional in this area.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship usually takes between 14 and 24 months and you will need to attend college for at least 1 day every two months, although it could be more if you need to complete additional English and Maths qualifications.

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

If you are over 19 years of age at the start of your apprenticeship programme, your employer will be expected to make a contribution towards your training costs.

What could I do next?
Upon successful completion of your Intermediate Apprenticeship, you could progress onto the Advanced Apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.