Peer Worker – Level 3 apprenticeship

1 Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5

Who is this apprenticeship suitable for?

Peer Workers support individuals to build skills through modelling, signposting, and self-advocacy. They work directly with individuals, enabling them to find their own ways of understanding their circumstances in order to move forward. Creating a safe and trusting space provides for an honest and open dialogue in which different experiences can be shared and different ways of understanding can be considered. Using knowledge from their own lived experiences of challenges, accessing support and navigating a range of services, a Peer Worker can provide purposeful and safe disclosure of their personal experiences to share and model self-help and self-management skills.

Anyone who has lived experience relevant to the role they are supporting and is new to the role either as a:

  • Carer peer support worker
  • Lived experienced practitioner
  • Peer care navigator
  • Peer coach
  • Peer link worker
  • Peer mentor
  • Peer Support Worker

Key apprenticeship information
  • Suitable For
    This apprenticeship is suitable for: People in a range of services that embed peer-led roles within third sector, community, social enterprise and statutory sectors, including the NHS, health, justice, housing, and private providers of specialist services.
  • Suitable For
    Title of embedded diploma/qualification Non
  • Suitable For
    End-point assessment organisation: Skills for Justice (SFJ Awards)
  • Suitable For
    How long will this apprenticeship take to complete: 15 months apprenticeship + 3 months End Point Assessment
  • Suitable For
    Cost: Non-levy employer contribution (5%) - £250 & levy paying employer contribution - £5000

What will you learn on the apprenticeship?

As an apprentice studying Peer Support Worker Level 3, you will learn how best to support individuals across all age groups who may be experiencing:

  • severe mental distress
  • mental health crises
  • perinatal mental health difficulties
  • long term conditions
  • addiction problems
  • problem gambling
  • rough sleeping.

You will focus on topics such as self-reflection and self-care and hone in your skillset to be able to draw off your own experiences to help these individuals. You’ll be given the tools to create a safe and trusting space for these individuals to help make a positive difference in their lives.


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