Playwork

Playwork

“Providing playwork opportunities to young people aged between four and 16”

Providing playwork opportunities in communities is a way to make sure that all children are able to learn important skills, regardless of their background and circumstances. As a playworker, you’ll plan, organise and take part in play and leisure activities for young people aged between four and 16. You’ll work in an after-school club, youth group, holiday playscheme or play centre. In some cases, you’ll work in a more specialised setting, such as a hospital or refuge. As an intermediate apprentice, you’ll work in an assistant role, contributing to the organisation and facilitation of playwork opportunities. The advanced apprenticeship will train you for a senior or supervisory role, in which you’ll ensure that policies and procedures are followed, and that a range of playwork opportunities are provided. The intermediate apprenticeship in playwork is primarily aimed at those aged 16 and above, who want to start a career in the playwork sector. The advanced apprenticeship is suitable for individuals already working in the sector, who are looking to gain qualifications and skills.

Duration: 12 to 18 months

Relevant school subjects: English

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications, and will include a Disclosure and Barring Service check

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs; Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum

Find out more: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk