Apprenticeships and Development
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Apprenticeships and Development

Whether you are just starting your career in the care sector or looking to retrain, we offer an exciting selection of learning and development opportunities for both new and existing employees. With a wide range of apprenticeships and qualifications available, you’ll be supported every step of the way on your chosen career path.

When you first join the Barchester family, you will be provided with a comprehensive blended induction which covers everything you need to succeed in your role. From then on, the possibilities are endless for you to develop your skills, progress in your career or take a new direction.


Apprenticeships at Barchester are a fantastic opportunity for people of any age to ‘earn while you learn’, giving you the skills and knowledge to make a difference to the lives of our residents and patients. You may already work for us or be newly joining us. We currently employ over 600 Apprentices and are proud to have been recognised as one of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, so you can rest assured you will receive high quality training and support.

To become an Apprentice on one of our fully-funded Apprenticeships, you must:

> Be 16 or over (there is no upper age limit)
> Be living in England*
> Not be in full time education

You will need to work at least 30 hours per week and the Apprenticeship must last a minimum of 12 months, though some higher levels will last longer.  You will gain job specific skills, and on completion be recognised as qualified to perform your role.  As an Apprentice, 20% of your working hours will be dedicated to off the job training that is relevant to your Apprenticeship standard.  You will also complete Functional Skills in Maths and English, and must pass an End Point Assessment.

Click on the following options to find out more about our Apprenticeships currently available in England:*

Suitable for: New to care

The Adult Care Worker Level 2 is for someone looking to develop skills and behaviours in order to provide high quality compassionate care and support, to make a positive difference in people’s lives. On completion, you will demonstrate a range of excellent skills such as helping adults with care and support needs, in order to enable them to live safely with independence, control and choice in their lives.

Suitable for: Senior Carers or experienced Care Assistants

The Lead Adult Care Worker Level 3 is for someone who exercises judgement and takes appropriate action in order to support individuals in maintaining their independence, dignity and control. By providing leadership, guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery, Lead Adult Care Workers are instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support.

Suitable for: Support Workers (Hospitals only)

Senior Healthcare Support Workers deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.  You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

Suitable for: Admin Assistants

The Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 Standard is for someone who provides customer service in order to influence customer experience and their satisfaction within the organisation. On completion, you will provide a high quality service to customers, demonstrating excellent customer service skills and behaviours as well as product or service knowledge.  Customer interactions may cover a wide range of situations and can include; face-to-face, telephone, post, email, text and social media.

Suitable for: Administrators, Receptionists

The Business Administration Level 3 Standard is for someone who works independently or as part of a team and develops, implements, maintains and improves our administrative services. On completion you will gain skills in communication, IT packages and systems, document production, building relationships and project management.

Suitable for: Staff with supervisory responsibilities

A Care Team Leader is a first line management role, with responsibilities for operational matters, a given project or for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. This may include supporting, managing and developing team members, leading projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, resolving problems, and building relationships.

Suitable for: Deputy Managers, General Managers, Hospital Directors

The Leader in Adult Care will develop and implement a values based culture to guide and inspire teams.  They will ensure the service is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. They will be responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance of the care given and the values and training of staff with established standards and regulations.

On completion of this Apprenticeship, you will gain skills in leading a team, monitoring the quality of a service, regulatory processes and compiling reports.

Kitchen Assistants, General Assistants

A Hospitality Team Member will mainly work in our kitchens and dining rooms, carrying out a varied hospitality role that can include food and beverage service, food preparation and kitchen services. The most important part of the role is developing fantastic ‘hospitality’ skills and working as part of a team to ensure that our residents/patients feel comfortable and looked after.

Suitable for: Chefs and Cooks

As a Production Chef, you will maintain excellent standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene, ensure compliance to procedures, menu specifications and recipes, produce food meeting portion controls, and budgetary constraints and produce dishes to meet special dietary, religious and allergenic requirements.

Suitable for: Head Chefs

As a Senior Production Chef, you will strive to produce meals consistently to a very high standard. You will have the ability to work independently and lead a team in a busy kitchen environment.  You will work as part of a team to quickly and efficiently produce food often in high volumes, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

Suitable for: Cleaners and Domestic

As a Healthcare Cleaning Operative, you will provide routine hygienic cleaning of the healthcare environment, undertake specialist cleaning projects, and ensure a high levels of cleanliness throughout the home/hospital to maintain infection prevention and control.

*Equivalent qualifications are available in Scotland and Wales. Entry criteria may be different to England.

Care Practitioner Programme

The role of Care Practitioner is the highest level of Care Assistant within a Barchester care home and provides a rewarding and fulfilling career with the opportunity for continual professional development.

Our Care Practitioner programme has been developed to up-skill Senior Care Assistants to assume key responsibilities and includes certified qualifications.

Nurse Preceptorship Programme

Barchester’s Nurse Preceptorship Programme is based on the ‘Standards of Education and Practice for Nurses New to Care Home Nursing’ and is designed to provide nurses with the needed support, knowledge, skills and confidence required to develop in their nursing practice over the first 18 months of employment.

The Nurse Preceptorship Programme provides preceptees with: mandatory development; recommended development; self-directed/on the job learning; and modules specifically required for nurses working within our hospitals. All learning activities are recorded and tracked on our Digital Learning Platform (DLP), ensuring a robust preceptorship is provided based on the development needs of each preceptee nurse.


Whichever career path you choose take, our Apprenticeships and development opportunities are sure to provide you with everything you need to grow and flourish. If you’d like to find out more, email us your CV and let us know which Apprenticeship you’re interested in.


Careers at Barchester

When you join the Barchester family, we don’t just want you to feel valued, we want you to truly love what you do. With so many career paths and learning and development opportunities available, discover the crucial part you could soon be playing in the teams that keep our homes and hospitals thriving.


Benefits and Rewards

We recognise that you and your role is pivotal in shaping the future of our organisation. That’s why in return for your dedication, you’ll receive a competitive salary plus our sector-leading benefits and rewards package. Take a look at how we’re committed to rewarding your amazing work and commitment when you join us.


Equal Opportunities

We recognise and celebrate difference and pride ourselves on creating an inclusive environment for all. Whoever you are, we want you to be yourself, always. This enables greater diversity across the entire organisation for the benefit of our workforce and also the people we celebrate life with in our homes and hospitals. Barchester is proud to be an equal opportunities organisation.