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What is an apprenticeship?​

An apprenticeship means learning on the job, at any age. Apprenticeships are not just for young people. In the health and social care sector older apprentices often have great life experiences to contribute.

For apprenticeships of a higher level, individuals can already be working in the sector, and need to do an apprenticeship to advance career opportunities. However, to complete an apprenticeship, the learner is required to complete 20% “off the job” learning.

This 20% is likely to include the following activities:

  • Attending virtual classrooms
  • Contributing to forums
  • Completing assignments
  • Guided reading
  • Reflective diaries
  • Shadowing other members of the team
  • Participating in audits
  • Feedback/learning sessions with some of the people the learner supports
  • Meetings

We specialise in the delivery of Higher Apprenticeships in the Care Sector.


How is the programme funded?

Businesses in the UK with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million pay the Levy. Each programme costs £7000 and is funded through the Apprenticeship Levy. Organisations access Levy funding via the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). If you are a SME with a wage bill of less than £3 million per year 95% of the cost is still funded by the government.

There is an additional charge for organisations accessing our specialist pathways or the ‘bolt on’ programmes. This is paid on a monthly basis throughout the programme.

WDF Funding can also be claimed towards the cost of this, to find out more about this click here.

How do our programmes differ?

We have utilised our experience in consultancy and learning and development to offer specialist pathways in dementia, autism and mental health. Informed by many years of collating impact data on social care learning programmes, the 3SpiritUK offer is unique.

We will utilise our sector expertise to undertake a detailed organisational needs analysis. We will take a knowledge management approach so that we can encourage business to consider learning and development at a strategic level, and how this improves business outcomes / quality of life.

Our platforms are set up for apprentices to access learning in the flow of work, to access resources at the point needed: when problems arise, and solutions are required.

Our systems encourage learners to take more control of their own learning which facilitates greater engagement.

Our apprenticeship programmes are highly structured and have key business impacts (see pathway information). We operate a waiting list for our programmes and have three cohort intakes in each year.

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