Health and Social Care Apprentice L'ARCHE

Kick start your career in a nurturing environment! You will support our members with learning disabilities to live full lives while working towards your qualification. Programme is the perfect preparation for a career in care: you’ll share life with people with learning disabilities, while learning best practice in the Health and Social Care field.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 05 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Wednesday to Sunday, shifts 08:00am - 16:00pm / 14:00pm - 22:00pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    12 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    14 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

As an Apprentice in a L’Arche Community, you will be supporting adults with learning disabilities along side qualified Support Workers, in a supported living setting. Your training will be monitored by a local training provider, but the vast majority of learning will take place on site.

Apprentices at L’Arche will engage with community members with holistic support. This means undergoing specialist training, as well as developing mutual relationships with people with learning disabilities.

The day-to-day duties of an Apprentice differs depending on the needs of the person they are supporting. This can include:

  • Providing physical support which may include helping with household tasks and personal care.
  • Providing emotional support for an individual and their families.
  • Supporting and helping with health care needs, including routine checks or administrating medication.
  • Encouraging and supporting the development of personal skills through hobbies and interests.
  • Teaching life skills, such as shopping, using public transport and paying for bills.
  • Working with other healthcare professionals to ensure that all care needs meet the highest possible standards.

Being part of the L’Arche family involves some hard work and resilience, as well as lots of joy, fun and laughter. But why take our word for it? Watch some of our assistants talk about their role and why they love working for L'Arche.

Work towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care while living and working in a friendly, inclusive community.

The Care Apprenticeship would work for people at lots of different stages of life. Maybe you’re eighteen, wanting or needing to move away from home but not keen on university. Maybe you’re at the beginning of your career. Or maybe you’re later in life but looking for more life-giving work. Join our close-knit community and launch yourself into a new stage of life.

The Care Apprenticeship is for anyone who already has the right to live and work in the UK.

What you would recieve:

  • Daily meals, a private bedroom, and bills
  • Allowance of £345 a month (subject to inflation)
  • A fully funded Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care, provided by West Suffolk College, as well as additional training within L’Arche.
  • A safe place in which to learn life skills like cooking, cleaning, and budgeting
  • A home in a community where diversity is celebrated
  • Welcome, value, respect, friendship
  • Disclosure check certificate (DBS)

The training you will be getting

  • The learner will be studying the Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard qualification. About 8 hours out of the 40 you will work per week will be dedicated to working towards this.
  • Day release to West Suffolk College.
  • Functional skills will be studied if equivalent qualifications are not held.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Successful apprenticeships completing their qualification is full are invited to join the community as a fulltime member of staff and continue through the career progression route with L'Arche.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade 4-9) Essential

Things to consider

The values of the organisation can be reflected in your daily work. You will: Be respectful of the privacy, dignity, independence and rights of people with learning disabilities, be able to gain the confidence and trust of people with learning disabilities, work collaboratively and supportively with your teammates.

About the employer

L'Arche is a social care provider, supporting adults with learning disabilities to live life to the full. Here in Ipswich we are a lively community where people with and without learning disabilities share daily life together; where everyone is valued, differences are accepted and talents are recognised and celebrated. We are committed to developing personal responsibility and growth in a community setting. What makes L’Arche different is the attention we pay to building relationships and a sense of belonging, which goes beyond work and the provision of a service. We aim to celebrate people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. We go beyond basic needs to attend to people’s emotional and spiritual lives.




320 Woodbridge Road



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Lead adult care worker

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 05 Aug 2024