Apprenticeships in social care | Oxfordshire County Council

Apprenticeships in social care

You can make a difference to people's lives by working in social care.

Oxfordshire County Council is not currently recruiting Health and Social Care apprentices, but lots of local providers do.

For apprenticeship opportunities, visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Are you :

  • a school or college leaver
  • keen to enter employment in a supported way
  • keen to work and keen to learn
  • interested in working with people?

Then an apprenticeship could be right for you!

Apprenticeships are high quality work based training programmes of particular value to people who want to develop their prospects and career. They are very popular - last year more than 255,000 young people started an apprenticeship scheme in England. As an apprentice you will:

  • earn real wages
  • gain new qualifications
  • gain new knowledge and skills.

Why work in social care?

  • It is rewarding and challenging.
  • You make a difference to people's lives.
  • Every day is different.
  • You meet people from all walks of life.
  • There are good career prospects and opportunities for learning and gaining qualifications.

Case studies

You can find out more by reading some real-life case studies of former apprentices.


Pia was 17 when she started the Oxfordshire County Council apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.
She had her first placement in a community hospital which gave her the opportunity to support a variety of older people with a range of health needs.
She gained valuable experience in supporting people with their personal care needs and also developed good communication skills.
Pia also learned how to treat people with dignity and respect and to support them in a person centred way.
This experience gave her the confidence to have a second placement in an assessment and enablement service where Pia supported people in their own homes following discharge from hospital.
Pia was given the opportunity to shadow colleagues from other professions during her apprenticeship which gave her a broad understanding of the support available to older people in the community.
Pia enjoyed her experience with the assessment and re-enablement service so much that she applied for a job there after completing her apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship gave her a technical certificate in health and social care and the NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care and also support with her maths and English.
On recruiting Pia, her employer was taking on a new member of staff that already had a qualification and had a year’s relevant experience and had also had the opportunity to try her out before employing her permanently.


Olly was 18 when he started the apprenticeship, and he was one of the first apprentices employed by the county council. He knew he wanted to work in social care but had no idea which area. The apprenticeship helped him explore different areas of work both by experiencing it himself and also by talking to fellow apprentices about their work placements and experiences.  
He had his first placement in supported living where he worked with adults with a learning disability supporting them in their own homes. Not only did he learn how to support people with a learning disability in a way that was respectful, promoting privacy and dignity but he also learned some basic skills for life for himself, for example, cooking, laundry and cleaning skills.
Olly moved to a second placement in children’s domiciliary care where he supported disabled children in their own homes helping them to participate in activities and also giving their families a break.
Working with families in the community was an area of work Olly really enjoyed and he went on to work for the service after completing his apprenticeship.
His work gave him the opportunity to meet social workers and find out about their role in supporting families. Olly is now in his second year of the social work degree, and still works part-time for the children’s service to earn money while he is studying. He currently has a mental health social work placement.


Suprita was 19 when she started the apprenticeship. She had her first placement in a day service for adults with learning disabilities where she gained valuable skills in communicating with people, some of whom had little verbal communication skills, and also supporting people in activities of their choice.
She learned a person centred approach to supporting people and how to promote independence.
Suprita’s second placement was in a residential care home for older people where she had the opportunity to gain further experience of supporting people with their personal care needs and also with activities.
Suprita valued the opportunity of having two different work place experiences’ as she was unsure what area she wanted to work in when she started the apprenticeship she also felt it helped her to gain confidence.  When she completed her apprenticeship Suprita decided she wanted to do an access to nursing course part time and work part time in the residential care home. She has now completed her access course and started her nurse’s training.

Last reviewed
29 November 2016
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