Developing Cornwall’s Healthcare Workforce for the Future

Social Care

DHCT delivers Skills for Care Health and Social Care Apprenticeships, which are nationally recognised programmes and are accredited by Edexcel

Apprenticeships are government-funded, work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. Apprentices can be new or current employees.

Due to a major government reform as of the 1 January 2018 the new standards for apprenticeships replaced the adult social care frameworks and employers are now expected to pay a contribution towards staff training.  Please view the Funding information for further details.

Can I employ someone under 18 years?

Many social care employers believe that they are not permitted to employ a person under 18 to support caring roles.  This was correct following the previous Care Standards regulations, however following the Equality Act 2010 it is now unlawful to discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees because of their age.

Through an accredited apprenticeship qualification at level 2 with observations in practice from a qualified, competent assessor and tutor the young person will have the support necessary to successfully complete their programme and begin an enjoyable and satisfying career in Health and Social Care.

What tasks can a young apprentice do?

The apprentice is recruited and trained to undertake all tasks that any new staff member would do within your organisation:

  • Supporting with everyday tasks
  • Supporting with eating, cleaning, personal care (once signed off as competent by their manager with support from their tutor/assessor)
  • Support with activities
  • Support with domestic work
  • Any tasks your other care staff complete
  • Office support staff

List of subjects covered include:

  • Health and Social Care (Dementia and Learning Disabilities specialist)
  • Clinical Health
  • Support Services in Healthcare
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Team Leading Supervisor
  • Customer Services

We also offer the Care Framework Certificate and a range of short course training to support the sectors.  If there are any courses you need that are not available on the list, we will be happy to discuss with you and tailor a programme to your needs.

As a specialist provider for the sectors we understand the constraints placed on managers and employers related to recruitment of staff.  DHCT provides a free recruitment and matching services for healthcare employers.  

Please contact us to discuss

Dynamo healthcare will help you recruit an apprentice via the National Apprenticeship Service portal for free

  • Dynamo Healthcare Training will work with care service providers to ensure the programme meets their specific requirements.
  • When the learner commences the apprenticeship they will be contracted for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a minimum salary of £3.80 per hour
  • Due to the demand for social care staff many employers will pay higher than the minimum Apprenticeship wage.
  • Dynamo Healthcare Training Ltd will provide support throughout with weekly updates to ensure you are confident with the whole process
  • Employers will agree to access any grants available to them and provide DHCT with their employer contribution from this grant for trainees.

Please view our recruitment support page for further information

Existing Staff

Where an employer has existing staff they want to develop they will use the Apprenticeship training frameworks to do so and access the Government funding to support.

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

Apprentices can be new or current employees.

You can get government funding to cover some of the cost of training and assessing an apprentice if you’re in England.

You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage.

For information on Apprenticeship training please view or further information please contact us.