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The Health Care Assistant Apprenticeship Higher Certificate is delivered through a carefully blended programme of classroom and workplace education and training. Apprentices are employed full time throughout the programme so they are earning while they are learning.
At the end of the programme, successful candidates will be able to operate autonomously within their scope of practice in the care sector under the direction of a registered healthcare practitioner.
This programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland as part of a new initiative Generation Apprenticeship which is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds taking the apprenticeship route.
This programme is a culmination of a two-year development period, during which there was extensive consultation with the health care sector. It has been developed specifically for Health Care Assistants to provide them with a pathway from Further Education and Training (FET) at Level 5 to this programme at Higher Education and Training (HET) Level 6 and onward to degree programmes at level 7 and 8.
The programme will provide a logical progression for Health Care Assistants who have completed the QQI FET level 5 awards to progress their career as a Health Care Assistant. The programme is aligned to recent developments for Health Care Assistants Internationally, particularly in the UK and Australia.
Employers across Ireland will be entitled to a financial incentive to the value of €3,000 to take on apprentices.