Leader in Adult Care – Level 5 apprenticeship

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Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?

As an Adult Care Leader, you are essential to the smooth running of your care environment. This qualification is for those of you who are currently in a deputy role and are looking to move into higher management, or for a Registered Manager who is looking to gain a relevant qualification.

The Leader in Adult Care will guide and inspire teams to make positive differences to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, psychological or intellectual challenges.

You will be a leader of the care team and will develop and implement a values-based culture at a service or unit level. You may be responsible for business development, financial control, organisational resilience, and continuity as well as for managing risk and leading on organisational change. A Leader in Adult Care has responsibility for managing community or residential based services.

This role has a large element of leadership, whether with other care workers and networks or in leading the service itself. A successful apprentice will have met all the requirements. You have a responsibility to ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.

You may be a registered manager of a service, unit, deputy or assistant manager. You will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

Key apprenticeship information
  • Suitable For
    This apprenticeship is suitable for: Registered managers of a service, unit, deputy or assistant managers.
  • Suitable For
    Title of embedded diploma/qualification City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care
  • Suitable For
    End-point assessment organisation: City & Guilds
  • Suitable For
    How long will this apprenticeship take to complete: 18 months Apprenticeship + 8 weeks End Point Assessment
  • Suitable For
    Cost: Non levy employer contribution (5%) - £350 & levy paying employer contribution - £7000
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What will you learn on the apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship will help you gain a deeper understanding of statutory frameworks, standards and Codes of Practice in addition to developing your knowledge of risk management, the theories of change, performance management and tools and strategies to enhance communication including the use of technology. You will also gain the skills you need as a manager to implement strategies to develop systems and processes and leader and support others to work in a person-centred way, manage resources and deliver complex care and support.

You will learn to be responsible for creating a supportive culture that values initiative and innovation and recognises the variety of skills of all team members within the service. You will ensure that the policies and procedures required to ensure the well-being and quality of life of the service users are followed and the values of your business are adopted by all team members.

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We partner with a wide range of care providers to support those most in need

“We are extremely grateful to Leicester City Council for their amazing partnership offer which has enabled us to access £60,000 through the apprenticeship levy transfer scheme. This has meant that we have been able to upskill staff across the board from Support Workers to Managers giving them recognition and real opportunities for growth and personal development”

Jacqui Bolland, Arch Futures

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Optional first aid for mental health skills and awareness


All our apprenticeship programmes now include an optional self-development section covering awareness of mental health and the steps you as an apprentice can take to support others where they’re showing signs of an ongoing struggle with their mental well-being.


Optional first aid for mental health skills and awareness
Self-study package – 2-3 hours of directed self-study

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