Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship Level 5

Overview (NV)

Children, Young People and Families Manager Apprenticeship Level 5

Course duration
Up to 24 months


UCB is offering a completely new Children, Young People and Families Manager Level 5 apprenticeship standard, specifically designed for management and leadership roles within children, young people and families settings. 

As a Children, Young People and Families Manager, you will ensure direction, alignment and commitment within your own practice, your team(s), your organisation and across partnerships to help children, young people and families aspire to do their best and achieve sustainable change. You will build teams, manage resources and lead new approaches to working practices that deliver improved outcomes and put the child, young person or family at the centre of practice.

With a focus on excellence in practice and improved performance, you will encourage Children, Young People and Families practitioners to gain the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that will enable them to actively support each child, young person, young adult and family to achieve their potential. You will inform and improve practice by acting on research and new developments into how the needs of children, young people and families are best met. You will model the behaviours that encourage reflective practice, professional confidence and humility. You will challenge and support practitioners and ensure their practice is safe. You will develop and lead an ethos that will enable and inspire practitioners to make a real difference.

Who is it suitable for?

The apprenticeship is suitable for employees who work in a management or leadership role in the community, typically in settings such as:

  • Local authorities
  • Health organisations
  • Educational and/or early years provision
  • Children’s centres
  • Private, voluntary or community organisations 

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will depend on the sector in which they are employed. 

Why should I choose this apprenticeship?

On completion of your apprenticeship, you should have the confidence, understanding and real-life experience necessary for making long-lasting changes to the lives of the most vulnerable in society. In doing so, you’ll build up the kind of qualities employers look for - no matter what you decide to do next. 

In particular, you can expect to develop the following key skills:

  • Care: Respecting and valuing practitioners, encouraging and enabling them to deliver excellent practice
  • Compassion: Consideration and concern, combined with robust challenge and support
  • Courage: Having honest conversations and encouraging practitioners to offer their own solutions to improving practice
  • Communication: Building relationships with practitioners, peers and partner organisations
  • Competence: Knowing the business, knowing what good practice looks like in others and having a relentless focus on delivering improved outcomes
  • Commitment: Demonstrating a strong moral purpose, modelling the ethos and building the skills of others and retaining and maintaining own practice skills through effective CPD 

In addition to the successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will also receive the Level 5 Diploma Leadership for Health and Social Care.

Course content

The apprenticeship involves developing knowledge and understanding of: 

  • The national systems of social welfare
  • Local agencies and community groups
  • Theoretical approaches to the practice and principles of effective multi agency working
  • Theoretical approaches to contemporary social issues that affect family life and the care of children and young people
  • The priority practice areas in the specific context and their responsibilities within it
  • Ethical and professional approaches to practice in a partnership context
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

You will need to complete tasks and acquire a portfolio of evidence through work-based learning and assessment, taught sessions and online delivery. A qualified tutor/assessor will examine the evidence, which is then approved by the external verifier (appointed by the examining body). The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care is delivered as a mandatory requirement in this apprenticeship standard.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

You will be required to attend university twice a month, meaning it is flexible enough to fit around many job roles.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

 You will require Level 2 qualifications in maths and English

  • You must be working for at least 16 hours (part-time) per week (although the apprenticeship duration will have to be extended in this instance) or 30 hours (full-time) per week in an appropriate role
  • You are required to undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process and provide the result prior to starting
What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become an apprentice and do not have a job, UCB may be able to work with you to find an employer with a suitable vacancy. If you are in work and want to undertake an apprenticeship, we can advise you and your employer on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

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