Children and Young People's Workforce Development and Vocational Qualifications

Accredited National Qualifications

The Learning and Development Vocational Assessment Team offers a wide range of vocational nationally accredited qualifications.

Some qualifications have set group intakes, while others require learners to commence as and when an assessor has availability.

The current application process for all qualifications involves submitting a nomination form to Jill Hopkins, Vocational Qualifications Administrator, The Learning and Development Vocational Assessment Team in the first instance. 

You will be invited to interview and if successful, placed on a waiting list for the next intake or for an available assessor.

Children and Young People's services qualifications:

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare

This is the required qualification for learners wanting to work in residential care with children in a management role. New managers will need to complete the qualification within three years of employment. This qualification has been developed as the result of a review of the existing residential childcare qualifications and provision driven by the Secretary of State for Children and Families in light of the recent reports highlighting the shortfalls in residential childcare. It has been developed by the Department for Education, Skills for Care and Development and the employers in the industry.


Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services 

This level will suit people who are responsible for running a facility that provides services for vulnerable children. You might be an assistant or deputy manager, or a manager who has not yet achieved a recognised vocational qualification at this level. 
There are two pathways suitable for children's managers as follows:

•    Children and Young People's Residential Management (England or Wales)
•    Children and Young People's Management (England or Wales)

Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) is specifically designed for learners wanting to work in a residential care with children in a care role. This qualification has been developed as the result of a review of the existing residential childcare qualifications and provision driven by the Secretary of State for Children and Families in light of the recent reports highlighting the shortfalls in residential childcare. Workshops are delivered to support people to achieve the qualification.

Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People's Workforce (Social Care Pathway)

These qualifications are designed for learners who want to develop a career as a childminder, youth worker, outreach worker, nursery nurse or nursery manager. These qualifications are suitable for anyone starting their first child care job or already managing a child care centre. Workshops are delivered to support people to achieve the qualification.

Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This is a knowledge based qualification that will provide candidates with a secure understanding from which to progress to a level 3 role.

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification incorporates the units from the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools and requires candidates to supplement these with credits achieved from a range of specialist units.

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools

This is a knowledge based qualification suitable for all roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc. as well as those who work directly with children and young people.

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification incorporates the units in the Award and adds competence-based units to reflect the role of those supporting pupils’ learning

Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Residential Childcare Management Units

A range of level 5 units are offered for Continuous Professional Development to managers of children's establishments.

Units included but not an exhaustive list is as follows:

•    Understand children and young people's development
•    Understand support for children and young people who are vulnerable and disadvantaged
•    Undertake professional development in residential childcare settings
•    Understand the context of residential childcare for children and young people with complex disabilities
•    Principles for leading the transition of young people with complex disabilities or conditions
•    Understand a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

Qualifications that develop current or aspiring leaders at four levels: middle, senior, headteacher and executive leadership. The approach is a blend of face to face, workplace and online learning to maximise accessibility. Find out more about the qualifications available and register your interest Education Services - Training (opens in a new window)

Nomination Forms

•    Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas Excluding  Residential Childcare
•    Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare
•    Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services

Contacts

Jill Hopkins, Vocational Qualifications Administrator, Learning & Development Team Vocational Assessment Centre 

Email: LDAdmin@worcestershire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01905 844544

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