Apprentice Care Assistant South West Care Homes Ltd

Under the guidance of a Team Leader, take responsibility for the support, physical and emotional well-being and social needs of our residents. Provide support with personal care activities i.e. washing, personal hygiene, dressing and assisting with meals. Maintain accurate records. Take part in recreational and social activities with residents.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Monday to Sunday. Shift Patterns: 7.30am to 2.30pm and 2.30pm to 9.30pm

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Nov 2017

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

Purpose of position:

To share with other staff in meeting the personal care needs of service users in a way that respects the dignity of the individual and promotes independence and to help in the general day to day activities of the home.  Care provided by care assistants is expected to include care that would reasonably be given by members of the service user's own family and is not expected to include tasks that would normally be expected to be undertaken by a trained nurse.

Principal Responsibilitilites.

  • To assist service users who need help with getting up in the morning, dressing, undressing, washing, bathing and toileting.
  • To help service users with mobility problems and other physical disabilities, including incontinence; help in use and care of aids and personal equipment.
  • To care for service users who are temporarily sick and needing, for example, minor dressings, bed nursing and help with feeding.
  • To help care for service users who are dying.
  • To help in the promotion of mental and physical activity of service users through talking to them, taking them out, sharing with them in activities such as reading, writing, hobbies and recreations.
  • To make and change beds; tidy rooms; do light cleaning and empty commodes.
  • To inspect, launder and mend service users' clothing.
  • To set tables and trays; serve meals; feed service users who need help; prepare light meals and wash up; tidy and clear the dining room.
  • To answer emergency bells, the door and the telephone; greet visitors.
  • To read and write reports; take part in staff and service users' meetings and in training activities as directed.
  • to perform such other duties as may reasonably be required.
  • To comply with the home's guidelines and policies at all times.
  • To report to a nurse or to be the home manager any significant changes in the health or circumstances of a service user.
  • To encourage service users to remain as independent as possible.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Well Organised.
  • Good Communicator
  • Team Worker.
  • Flexible
  • Caring.

Personal qualities

  • Caring
  • Sensitive to the needs of others and to the sick and infirm.
  • Empathetic.

Qualifications required

No formal qualifications required.

Future prospects

To continue on to Level 3 Diploma.

About the employer

We provide expert residential and dementia care to hundreds of people in care homes across the South West, and are one of the largest providers of dementia care in the region. We put our emphasis on providing high quality, personalised care for elderly people with dementia, to help them live with dignity and independence as far as possible.


South West Care Homes Ltd



Boscawen Road



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Training provider

  • Level 2 Health & Social Care.
  • Employers Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Care Certificate
  • Personal Thinking and Learning Skills (PLTS)
  • Functional Skills:  Maths, English and ICT (if required)

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Acacia Training And Development Ltd


S Youens 01752 600748

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