Apprenticeship Standard: Adult Care Worker

The Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard is designed for apprentices working in roles where they provide frontline care for vulnerable adults. This may be in a healthcare setting, a residential or nursing home, a day care centre or in the home.

Job roles may include: Care Assistant, Care Worker, Support Worker, Personal Assistant, Relief Team Worker, Support Worker – Supported Living, Key Worker in Residential Settings, Key Worker in Domiciliary Services, Key Worker in Day Services, Home Care Support Worker, Substance Misuse Worker, Learning Disability Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker and Re-enablement Worker.

Full details of the standard are available on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Mandated qualification requirements

The Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standard requires achievement of the following qualification for all apprentices:

Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Diploma in Care

Complementary additional support qualifications

The following qualifications may be used to support apprentices to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

English and Maths support

All apprentices must also achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking their EPA. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the  minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.

You may find our Functional Skills qualifications, or bite-sized English and Maths qualifications can help support apprentices to achieve this.

Support Materials

A range of support materials are available to approved centres and these can be accessed through Prism.

View a sample of our support materials.