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Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce, Educational Pathway (Intermediate)

This work based course develops the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of careers working with children and young people.
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All training on this course is delivered either in the workplace or at College, on a day release basis.

On this course, you will develop knowledge and skills relating to the children and young people’s workforce which includes early learning and childcare, children's social care and learning development and support services.

This Level 2 framework is to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare; Children's Social Care; Learning Development & Support Services). This framework is suitable for those looking to join the Children & Young People's Workforce and also those already working in the sector. It should be noted that this framework is not the most appropriate framework for those working in/looking to work in playwork or teaching support services. It is however the most appropriate framework for those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage within maintained school settings.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship is a generic qualification and confirms competence under supervision in these areas. This also serves as a progression pathway to further qualifications at level 3 and above for registration and regulatory requirements in the sector.

Students may be working under supervision within an early learning/childcare setting, usually caring for young children for instance pre-school, childminder, nursery or crèche. 

For the Full Apprenticeship candidates will complete: 

  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths, English and Information and Communications Technology

Additional measurable benefits include better team performance, productivity targets met or exceeded, quicker response time and reduced error rates.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate competence within their chosen area of the children and young people's workforce and will therefore be required to be working within the sector. Entry is subject to a pre-enrolment interview to ascertain suitability for the programme and that potential candidates take into account the Principles and Values essential for working with children and young people. Potential candidates should:

  • have achieved a minimum of Grade E GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Math
  • show enthusiasm to work with children and young people and be working for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 48 hours – this is inclusive of any study days at college
  • have a suitable level of physical fitness to perform some aspects of the job roles
  • be willing to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check

Qualifications required for exemption from Functional Skills are GCSE’s at E Grade in English, Math and ICT or Functional Skills Level 1 in English, Math and ICT. If apprentices are not exempt then they will need to complete the Level 1 Functional skills in these areas which will be studied in addition to the Master Classes at City College Norwich.

Apprentices who took their GCSEs more than five years ago and did not gain a C grade or above may need to take a literacy and numeracy test. 

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether they have just left school or have been working for years. As an Apprenticeship is a work based qualification, applicants should either have an employer who has agreed to support them, or be seeking an apprenticeship position through our vacancies list. Once you have secured a position with an employer your training can begin.

If you have an employer who is interested in supporting you in completing an Apprenticeship, please contact our Employer Partnerships Team on Freephone: 0800 328 3616 or email employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk 


Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

For further information, please see: www.apprenticeships.org.uk


Training and assessments are mainly delivered in the workplace though some of the content can be delivered in college. Assessment is via a variety of methods, including case studies, assignments, practical assessments and projects. 

The Apprentice will be required to attend Master Classes at City College Norwich for one full day approximately every 4 weeks where the core theoretical, underpinning knowledge elements of the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce will be taught – portfolio building will also form part of this day. For those without exemption for the required Functional Skills in English, Math and ICT further attendance will be required.

For the latest information on recruiting an apprentice or if you would like to train your existing staff please contact our Employer Partnerships Team on Freephone: 0800 328 3616 or email: employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

Academic progression: 

Successful students will be able to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or on to a stand alone level 3 qualification.

Career progression: 

Achievement of this pathway will enable apprentices to access higher level jobs within the sector for instance Nursery Supervisor, Nursery Manager, or Pre-School Manager/Co-ordinator.


To discuss Apprenticeship costs, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

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Approximately 18 months