Children and young people’s workforce apprenticeship

The children and young people’s workforce apprenticeship is suitable if you are looking to join the Children and Young People’s Workforce or if you are already working in the sector.

This apprenticeship will help you to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children and Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0–19, primarily within Early Learning and Childcare [0–5]; Children’s Social Care; Learning Development and Support Services).

Please note: this is not the most appropriate apprenticeship for those working in/looking to work in playwork or support services. It is, however, appropriate for those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage within maintained school settings.

As an apprentice, the exact nature of your job role will depend on your employer. The Intermediate Level apprenticeship (Level 2) is for those working under supervision, such as nursery assistants, pre-school assistants, care assistants or assistant youth support workers. The Advanced Level apprenticeship (Level 3) is for those who may work on their own or who supervise others, for example, nursery nurses, care workers, childminders or foster carers.

At Advanced Level, there are two pathways to enable you to choose the most relevant pathway for the sector you work in, i.e. Early Years Educator for those working with children aged 0–5, or Children and Young People’s Social Care. Entry requirements for these pathways vary.

After successful completion of this apprenticeship there’s good scope for progression. You may move up through levels of work, e.g. from nursery assistant to nursery manager. There are also opportunities to undertake further training or assessment and possibly to move on to higher level qualifications.



Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3)


Starting salary (once qualified):



Job roles:

Intermediate Level – Nursery assistant, Pre-school assistant, Care assistant, Assistant youth support, Community worker

Advanced Level – Nursery nurse, Pre-school supervisor, Childminder, Nursery teaching assistant, Foster carer, Residential care worker, Short break carer


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