The long-awaited Level 5 apprenticeship standards have been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, (IfATE). This has been a long journey for the Adult Care Trailblazer group and the Care Apprenticeship Board and is testament to the rigour involved in new standards being approved for delivery. Helen Wilcox MBE, Care Apprenticeship Board and Trailblazer Group Chair said, “I cannot thank the employers, training providers and Awarding Organisations enough for their hard work, commitment and dedication in creating standards that are rigorous, robust, high quality and fundamental in ensuring we maintain high standards of care delivery within the Adult Care Sector”.
Many employers will be very pleased to learn of the imminent launch of the new Level 4 in the very near future, as this will fill a gap that many perceived existed between the Level 3 and the Level 5 with the old Apprenticeship Frameworks. This will help to aid career progression pathways, support retention rates and will demonstrate that there are clear progression opportunities for those considering a career in Adult Care.
The Level 5 Standard, which will be live for delivery within the next few days, provides managers with the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required to ensure that services are well lead, safe, effective, caring and responsive.
The Care Apprenticeship Board is pleased to be working with NSAR Care as the External Quality Assurance body for these Standards in addition to the Level 2 and Level 3 in Adult Care.
They are confident that the rigour required to Externally Quality Assure the End Point Assessment process for Standards will ensure only those individuals who meet the standard will have a licence to practice with vulnerable adults. This can only help to drive up standards within the care sector.