Apprentice Care Assistant Eleighwater House

An amazing opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to undertake a Health & Social Care Apprenticeship with us. The successful candidate will be friendly, caring, patient and understanding to the specific needs of our Service Users in their day to day care needs, whilst maintaining a happy and polite attitude.

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Wage

    Competitive salary

  • Working week

    Various days on rota at 30 hours per week. A fulltime working week consists of days and evenings. Wage is £5.00 per hour on week days and £5.50 per hour at weekends

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    19 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    12 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Daily tasks and duties include:

  • You will provide personal care such as washing, bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting assistance to the Service Users and will undertake manual handling duties as required (18+ Only).
  • You will undertake practical duties where necessary including: cleaning, laundry and you will help to maintain the Service Users social and occupational skills, e.g. letter writing, serving meals, folding clothes and laying tables.
  • You will undertake social and other duties, which include shopping, care of clothing, and assisting with family and social contacts.
  • You will work with the Activities Co-ordinator to encourage the Service Users to take part in organised activities and one to one support.
  • You will be guided by your Supervisor to undertake the key worker role, which involves building a special relationship with the Service Users and developing extended relationships with their families and friends.
  • You will access and update confidential records using a computer on a daily basis. You may also be required to use technology to support Customers in order to improve health and well-being in order to maintain contact with family and friends, e.g. Skype, YouTube, Internet, ect…
  • You will maintain necessary records such as service users care plans, and contribute to reviews of customers’ needs as directed.
  • You will attend meetings, training course and follow-up refresher courses as required.

You will work in line with the policy on Infection Prevention and Control, according to your role.  The Company induction will give you the skills and knowledge to understand your role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Ability to manage your own time
  • Ability to communicate clearly, to understand service users and make yourself clearly understood
  • Listening skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Good IT skills and experience of using different forms of technology

Personal qualities

  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have a caring approach
  • Reliabiltiy
  • Honesty and respect for confidentiality
  • Clean and tidy appearance
  • Approachable
  • Sense of humour

Qualifications required

It would be an advantage to have GCSE’s in the 4 to 9 (A* to C) range or equivalent for English and Maths, but this is not essential as you will complete Functional Skills as part of the Apprenticeship as necessary.

The successful candidate will also need to complete an initial assessment at College, which will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme to meet your needs.

Future prospects

Progression options include the possibility of an interview for permanent position within the company and possible options for progression on to an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

You will be contacted on or shortly after the closing date, where, if initially shortlisted, you will be invited into the Taunton Campus of Bridgwater & Taunton College for a brief informal interview on the 11th October. Then prospective applications will be passed over to the employer who will then invite the final shortlisted candidates in for a formal interview at Eleighwater House. Most aspects of this qualification and training will be delivered at your workplace, where you will be supported throughout your training by experienced colleagues. You will also receive regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated training assessor who will help you and monitor your progress throughout your apprenticeship programme. There may also be a requirement to attend a supported learning session at the Bridgwater Centre once a week. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW) is £3.50 per hour from the 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training. The actual wage for this vacancy is displayed above. Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government for small employers of 50 employees or less. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

About the employer

Eleighwater House is situated about 1.5 miles from Chard, a small town offering a good selection of Shops GP Surgeries and Churches. Eleighwater House is set in 2 acres of mature gardens, an original Victorian walled Garden with level lawn, and extensive range of plants and herbaceous borders. We have a smallholding including, chickens pigs two ponies and large vegetable garden and orchard, producing fresh fruit and vegetables.


Eleighwater House



TA20 3AG

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Training provider

  • Intermediate Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English & Maths (if required)
  • Care Certicate
  • Participate in an Induction

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bridgwater & Taunton College

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Closing date: 03 Oct 2017