Apprentice Care Assistant MELLIFONT ABBEY LLP

The Care Assistant plays a vital role in the care of residents and vulnerable people, where you will be working under the direction of our more senior care professionals. This is a role that will need someone who is patient, kind natured and dedicated.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017

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

    30 hours (shifts tbc)

    Total hours per week: 30.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Dec 2015

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

Care assistants are expected to be friendly, caring and sensitive with the confidence to communicate with residents and other healthcare professionals. The job of Care Assistant is a physical one and successful apprentices will be expected to work a shift pattern this will include early morning, evening and weekend working. 

The key result areas for the role of the apprentice will be as follows:
  • Undertake delegated work while mentored by senior staff to assist in the provision of individualised planned resident care.
  • Use a degree of initiative to ensure the residents’ personal needs are met, and the residents’ condition is reported to qualified staff.
  • Assist in maintaining a safe and healthy environment, by ensuring orderliness and hygiene and safety within the care setting.
  • Gain competencies in skills specific to the role

At all times ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to residents’, carers and visitors and a kind, caring and professional attitude whilst considering dignity, privacy, cultural and religious needs.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

To have good communication, organisational skills and an ability to show initiative.

Personal qualities

  • To have a patient, caring nature and enthusiasm to care for the elderly.
  • To be approachable and friendly and be able to communicate well with the residents in a respectful manner.
  • To have a keen willingness to learn.

Qualifications required

No specific entry requirement as support will be given on programme.

Future prospects

Progress onto level 3 Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Award.

Things to consider

The post involves caring for the elderly, some of whom have early dementia and or may require personal care. The home also undertakes caring for residents at the end of life.

About the employer

Mellifont Abbey is a privately owned residential care home for elderly people with 28 fully furnished bedrooms, who require nursing and/or personal care. It is a family run home with a comfortable and calm atmosphere with a shared commitment to caring for their residents.







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Training provider

  • Level 2 Health and Social Care
  • Functional Skills
  • ERR

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Strode College


Emma Tibbs (01458 844631)

Other information

We would consider a permanent position as a Care Assistant within the company for the right candidate. We are very keen to support further training to assist in that role, for example, Infection Prevention and Control, End of Life Care. The post could also lead to the candidate undertaking the Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3.

From October 1st 2015 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent training.

Training on the Apprenticeships Programme for 16 to 18 year olds is a priority and fully-funded by Government. Training for Apprenticeships for those over this age is part funded, with employers expected to make a part or full contribution.

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Closing date: 20 Oct 2017