Step into Childcare / Step into Adult Care
Our Skills Development Scotland fundedÂ programme is designed to help you toÂ
- Build up your knowledge and practical experience of caring for adults or children
- Gain confidence andÂ employability skills
- Find employment in social care or childcare
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About the Programmes
How long does the programme last?
- 13 – 26 weeks depending on how quickly you build up your skills
Where and when does the training take place?
- MondayÂ to Friday, 30 hours per week
- Placement 4 days per weekÂ (you may be asked to work early or back shifts at certain placements but this will be agreed with you beforehand)
- Tutorial 1 day per week (Wednesday 9.30am – 12.30pm)
What will I do on placement?
- You will work with your chosen client group: either with children in nurseries, playgroups and afterschool clubs; or with older people and people with additional needs in care homes, daycare centres and community care
- You will find out what is involved in carrying out a care support worker or childcare practitioner job and have the chance to do real hands on work assisting in, e.g., child development and personal care
- You will work towards achieving the SQA â€œPractical Workplace Skillsâ€ unit
What will I do on tutorial days?
- You will develop your knowledge and understanding of care theory and practice and receiveÂ employability training
- You will work towards achieving units from the “Certificate of Work Readiness”
- You will receive certificated training in First Aid, Moving and Handling and Practical Workplace Skills
How will I be supported?
- Your course tutor will work closely with youÂ throughout the programme and give you the support you need
- Your work placement will allocate a member of staff to work with you and support you
Do I get any financial support?
You will receive a training allowance of Â£55 per week plus weekly travel costs after the first Â£3 (if you are a DWP client you will continue to receive your benefits instead of the training allowance)
How many people will be in my group?
- 16 students maximum
WhatÂ will I do afterÂ the course?
- Our aim is to help you find employment as a Modern Apprentice, with fully funded entry toÂ our SQA approved qualifications in either Social Services Children and Young People SVQ Level 3 or Social Services and Healthcare SVQ Level 2. These qualifications are required to be a registered carer of children or adults in Scotland.
What do I need to get a place on the course?
- You must be aged 16 or over
- Selection for the programmes is by interview
- Show that you have a real interest in either childcare or care of adults
- A work experience placement, or voluntary work, or babysitting or family care to back up your interest would also be very helpful
When are courses available?
- The course runs 4 times a year, with intakes in February, June, September and November