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Apprenticeships in care delivered

Apprenticeships in Care

Apprenticeships provide opportunities to learn, earn, and gain skills, whether entering the industry or at management level. Employers can nurture talent and create a more motivated and competent team by employing someone new or upskilling existing employees.

CareShield is an approved apprenticeship provider that provides management and training for apprentices of standards from Level 2 to Level 5, offering various career progression pathways into adult care.

Adult Care Worker Level 2 

Equivalent Level: GCSE


This Standard is for your frontline people i.e. entry-level roles, people just at the start of their career. 

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Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3

Equivalent Level: A Level


This Standard is for someone at a supervisory level - a team leader, someone who would provide guidance to other employees.

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Lead Practitioner in Adult Care Level 4

Equivalent Level: 1st year foundation level degree


This Standard would suit someone in a position to lead and inspire. They would have greater expertise in specialist subjects.

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Leader in Adult Care Level 5

Equivalent Level: Foundation level degree or HND


This Standard is for a person who will guide and inspire teams to make a positive difference in someone's life. 

Why choose an Apprenticeship in Adult Health and Social Care?

Apprenticeships can be mutually beneficial for both the employer and staff. 

Apprenticeship programs boost productivity, job satisfaction, and workforce motivation, decreasing staff turnover.


They attract diverse candidates and offer on-the-job training to fill skills gaps, ensuring competent staff at all levels. 

Staff benefit from apprenticeships by gaining skills, experience, and industry-recognised qualifications while earning an income. 

For more information on our apprenticeship programmes, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team. 


Or call: 0345 880 1818 

Register your learners 

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Apprentice Resources

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Manager Resources

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Eligibility Requirements

  • What Apprenticeship standards do you offer?
    Adult Care Worker L2 Lead Adult Care Worker L3 Lead Practitioner L4 Leader In Adult Care L5
  • How long will it take to complete?
    The length of an Apprenticeship can be anything from 12 to 21 Months. Check the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) website for specific course information -
  • How much will it cost?
    The funding band for Levels 2 and 3 is £4000 per learner. The funding band for Levels 4 and 5 is £7000 per learner. The UK Government fund 95% of this if your company is a non levy payer. Cost to the non levy employer is 5% which will only ever be £200 for Levels 2 and 3 or £350 for Levels 4 and 5 (invoiced via CareShield finance).
  • Is there any additional funding available for an employer?
    If a small to medium enterprise (SME) that is not a levy payer, hire a 16-18 year old or a 19-24 year old (on an EHC plan or in care) will receive £1000 as a grant. This grant is paid in 2x £500 parts after month 3 and month 12 have been completed. Local Authorities may run additional incentives so be sure to check.
  • How often do the coaches visit?
    Coaches will visit every 4 weeks. In person for Levels 2 and 3, and virtually for Levels 4 and 5.
  • Is training delivered in person or remotely?
    Training is delivered both in person and remotely. Levels 2 and 3 are delivered via online training and in person. Levels 4 and 5 are delivered 100% remotely.
  • What’s in it for me as an employer?
    There are so many benefits to a company investing in developing their workforce: Ensures the development of the relevant skills within your workforce Enable and supports growth Supports recruitment and retention Government funding – saves money Improves Morale Offers Career progression Adds credibility to your brand Recognised across different job markets and specialisms Reinforces Diversity and inclusion CareShield does all of the above and Offers Full Visibility of learner progress via Myrus Workforce Development Platform Offers Level 2 to Level 5 in Care Level 4 and above is a cost effective way to recruit high quality leadership talent Provides an educational framework for developing existing staff Utilises both in person and digital remote delivery for a blended learning experience
  • How do CareShield qualify Assessors and Coaches?
    Each coach must have a minimum of 5 years experience in the care industry. Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Process: IQA to monitor and assess coaches Team Leaders who look after the day to day running of coaches.
  • How can Line Managers track their employee’s progress on their apprenticeship?
    Learner progress is monitored primarily by the Line Manager and the Coach communicating. However, with the right permissions a Line Manager can view, track and report on their employee's progress through CareShield's Myrus Apprenticeships platform Part of CareShield's Apprenticeship Delivery and Management Service, your Myrus Apprenticeships Platform enables you to easily track, review and report on your learner's progress in real time, ensuring you are always up to date and in control of your investments in personal development across your entire organisation. See in an instant the status of all Apprentices in each group then delve deeper into individual sites and learner progress. For each individual Myrus Apprenticeships gives you access to their status, progress, planned and completed activity along with their eLearning, OTJ hours and ePortfolio. In addition to helping you monitor your Apprenticeships Myrus helps you monitor management and coaching performance and actively encourages and engages with your organisation to support your learner programmes. The Line Manage can also always request progress from the Apprenticeship team and request to attend any of the coaching sessions.
  • What is the course content of an Apprenticeship?
    You can get course content on the IFATE website the following links refer to each of the standards Careshield deliver – Adult Care Worker Level 2 - Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3- Lead Practitioner in Adult care Level 4 - Leader in Adult Care Level 5 -
  • Can I use multiple provider’s?
    Yes, a business can use multiple providers. You will need our UKPRN number to identify from others on your DAS portal. CareShield's UKPRN number is 10045389.
  • Once an employer agrees to upskilling their workforce, or putting someone on an apprenticeship, what happens next?
    CareShield's Admissions Team will get in touch with the Learner soon after the Learners detail have been provided to them. The Admissions Team will take the Learner through initial assessments (BKSB’s) and a Skills Scan to identify prior knowledge and understanding. They will also carry out the necessary compliance checks (Rights to Work, Health and Safety etc.). Learners will then be assigned a Coach who will create a tailored training plan. The Coach will book the Learner onto an induction and give them a “Start on programme” date. Typically this process takes 1-2 weeks.
  • Is there an age limit on someone who can do an Apprenticeship?
    There is no upper age limit but Learners must be over 16.
  • Are Apprenticeships only for young people (16-24 years old)?
    Not at all. Apprenticeships are not age dependant other than the Learner has to be 16 years or older to start one. The majority or Apprenticeships in Care are undertaken by older Learners, particularly at Levels 4 and 5.
  • What time does the organisation have to dedicate to the learners Apprenticeship?
    It is the Employers responsibility to support the Learner in partnership with the Coach. Employers need to: Nominate a Mentor for the learner Offer guidance and day to day support Take part in regular progress reviews Ensure the Learner has the opportunity to fulfil their off the job training obligation
  • Can current employees sign up for an Apprenticeship?
    Yes. To be an apprentice you must have a contract of employment and be paid at least the minimum wage.
  • If a client uses Myrus for their workforce development, can they also see this information on the same system?
    At present Myrus Apprenticeships and Myrus Workforce Development platforms are two separate systems.
  • Can the employer interact with the Coach directly through the Myrus Apprenticeships platform?
    The Employer/Line Manager will be asked to comment on the Learner's progress at specific stages, they will also be invited to joint meetings with the Learner and Coaches. However, there is no current method of contacting the Coach through the system other than by using the Coaches contact details listed.
  • Can the employer have multiple managers viewing the same learner's progress?
    Yes, as long as the visibility permission levels are set accordingly.
  • Who sets up and issues the employer accounts?
    The CareShield Admissions Team will do this during onboarding if the employer does not already have an account.
  • How soon after sign up will the employer be issued with access?
    The Learner onboarding process can take 1-2 weeks. Once the Learner is onboard the Employer will be issued with access to Myrus Apprenticeships and the Learners' records.
  • Is the Line Manager view real time data?
    Yes, it is. Managers can see where a Learner is at any given time during their apprenticeship based on their progress and their coaches’ input.
  • Is there a limit to how many Line Managers can have access?
    No, but we ask that a company identifies a single Line Manager as point of contact. Employers can update the nominated person themselves if it changes.
  • Can Line Managers use this to upload any comments, references or supporting documents?
    Yes, to all of the above.
  • Is there a communication link/tool that can be used to reach the Coach so that the Line Manger can quickly discuss anything they need to know?
    The Coaches contact details will be available to the Learner and the Line Manager and will be shown on the Learners dashboard
  • I understand that Learner and Line Manager support will come from Coaches, who do I ask if I have a technical question about the Myrus Apprenticeships platform?
    CareShield’s Customer Experience Team will provide support for any technical issues with Myrus Apprenticeships. Tel: 0345 880 1818 All questions relating to progress or learning will be addressed by the assigned Coach and Learning and Development team.
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