Training, Functional Skills and ESOL
Many health apprenticeship standards contain or refer to the 15 Standards of the Care Certificate. Guidance, workbooks and other resources for employers are available below.
- Skills for Health Care Certificate resources
Core Skills Training Framework
The Statutory/Mandatory Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) provides guidance and minimum standards for healthcare organisations. In particular, the Subject Guide provides minimum learning outcomes, proposed frequency of refresher training and links to relevant legislation or expert guidance.
Any individual or organisation is able to access and use the Subject Guide, whether or not they choose to formally align their training to the Statutory/Mandatory CSTF.
- Skills for Health Statutory/Mandatory Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)
End Point Assessment
As well as containing information on programme training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an end-point assessment. Employers will use the register to select an organisation to undertake end-point assessment for them.
ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. An ESOL course is for Learners for whom English is not their first language and who need to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. ESOL programmes have similar initial assessments to Functional Skills and the programme levels are Entry Level 1 up to Level 2. All Learners will be assessed on entry and work towards achieving the next level on completion of their programme.
- Health Education England ESOL Guidance
Functional Skills (Numeracy and Literacy)
All apprentices must achieve English and maths prior to end point assessment. The minimum English and maths requirements for an apprenticeship are set out in each Apprenticeship standard.
- Level 2 apprentices must achieve level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2
- Level 3 to 8 apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths
- For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
Many employers use numeracy and literacy assessment as part of their recruitment process.
- HASO news item LLD – English and Maths
- Health Education England English and maths functional skills guidance for employers
- Health Education England Functional skills online provision
- Health Education England Functional skills – Funding for English and maths
- Skills for Health Beyond the Brand report
Training delivery models vary from apprenticeship to apprenticeship but here are some examples:
- at work four days a week; in training one day a week
- following a degree programme in term time; at work during academic holidays
- attending training blocks at college quarterly; in work all other times.
In some instances a rotation of work-based experiences may be needed if the learner cannot meet all the necessary requirements in their normal work place. These will be agreed between the employer and training provider.
- Papworth NHS Foundation Trust Off-the-job recording sheet
- Papworth NHS Foundation Trust Off-the-job activities sheet
- Hart Learning and Development Off-the-job calculator
- Association of Employment and Learning Providers 20% off-the-job guidance
- Health Education England What is 20% off the job training
- Government’s Off-the-job training top 5 myths
- Government’s Off-the-job training flowchart
On-programme training is all of the training and assessment an apprentice goes through in order to meet the gateway requirements for progressing on to end point assessment. In all apprenticeships at least 20% of on-programme training will be delivered ‘off-the-job’.
On-programme training must be delivered by a training provider that is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.
Not all training and assessment that an apprentice receives on-programme will be linked to a training programme, some will be delivered and assessed as part of their employment (for example statutory and mandatory training which apprentices need to have to be able to work in the health sector).
As the apprentice moves through their on-programme training and assessment they will gradually grow in competence. As salaried employees this makes them increasingly useful within their team at work, enabling them to take on more or different tasks in the workplace as they progress through their apprenticeship.
Not all Apprenticeship Standards include a mandatory qualification. This is because the Institute for Apprenticeships sets some very strict criteria around when qualifications can be included in standards.
If no qualification is mandated, the employer is free to choose training packages that meet their needs. Additional guidance may be available from the Trailblazer group to assist employers with this. Where available, employer guides can be downloaded from the pop-up for each standard in the standards directory.
- NHS Employers Degree Apprenticeships, what employers need to know
- Skills for Health Mandating Qualification brief