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Higher level training 

As part of growth in the sector, up to 50 current Home Care sector employees, across all Home Care organisations in Jersey, will have the option to carry out higher level training.

The aim of the training is to develop, support, and encourage skills development in the sector. The training package will provide funding for Domiciliary Home Care (DHC) training courses and further funding to pay for the time employees spend on training.

About the training

Each course takes 12 to 18 months to complete and will be spread over 3 intakes in October 2021, and January and May 2022.

A designated assessor will be in place to support learners through the Diploma and will need to work with learners in the workplace to record competencies in the work environment.

The Vocational Training Centre in Jersey provides the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Diplomas at Level 2 and 3.

  • Level 2 Diploma is 46 credits 
  • Level 3 Diploma is 58 credits 

The Diploma is broken down into 3 sections:

The Diploma: Section 1 

Both Levels 2 and 3 have 9 mandatory units which all learners must complete as part of the Diploma.

  • Unit 1: Promote communication in the care setting 
  • Unit 2: Personal development in the care setting 
  • Unit 3: Promote equality and inclusion in the care setting 
  • Unit 4: Duty of care 
  • Unit 5: Safeguarding and protection in care settings 
  • Unit 6: Responsibilities of a care worker 
  • Unit 7: Implement person centred approaches in the care setting 
  • Unit 8: Health, safety and wellbeing of individuals 
  • Unit 9: Handle information in care settings 

Written work is required for each of these units, as well as assessment in practice. 

Maximum of 24 credits at Level 2 and 28 credits at Level 3.

The Diploma: Section 2

Each earner must achieve 2 to 7 credits in this specialist knowledge section. 

There are varied unit choices which should match the learner’s area of work. For example:

  • mental health and promotion units
  • dementia awareness units
  • infection control units
  • end of life units
  • understanding physical disability
  • learning disability and Autistic spectrum conditions

Only written work is required from these specialist knowledge units.

The Diploma: Section 3

The remaining credits required for Level 2 and 3 are made up of optional units.

Managers of services will need to work with Vocational Training Centre to make sure the optional units are fit for purpose so they can be achieved in practice.

There are several units across several specialisms to accommodate varying needs. Units need to have written work and assessment in practice, therefore need to be chosen to suit service needs.

Example of unit choices which are negotiated between manager of vocational training and service manager are: 

  • support care plan activities
  • administering of medications
  • provide active support
  • supporting individuals to eat and drink
  • support individuals to meet personal care needs
  • support individuals to manage continence
  • contribute to the effectiveness of teams
  • support individuals in the task of daily living and supporting individuals with multiple conditions and or disabilities

Who can apply

To apply for the training units, employees must:

  • have the authorisation from their manager
  • have their application form completed by management 
  • attend classroom sessions that have been chosen to match the unit choices within their Diploma documentation (approximately 8 to 10 days in total)
  • have completed the Induction Program Requirements for Care or Support Workers as per the care standards from the Jersey Care Commission
  • currently be working for a fully approved home care provider

How to apply

To apply, employees need to complete the relevant form and email to Vocational Training Centre.

Level 2 application form

Level 3 application form

Confirmation emails will be sent to both successful and unsuccessful applicants on within 72 hours of receipt of applications.

If you have any questions, contact the Manager of the Vocational Training Centre. Email Angela Le Riche or call +44 (0) 1534 442425.

Why development of the Home Care sector is necessary

​Health and Community Services is funding significant growth in the Home Care sector over the next 7 months.

The Island’s growing and aging population means that development of this sector is critical to provide individuals with sustainable and cost effective care, as well as alternative care options. This allows individuals to remain as independent for as long as possible within the comfort of their own homes.

In addition, this growth offers employees to develop careers in a developing market that has guaranteed long term growth from increased and sustained demand for the service.

Role of an adult care worker

An adult care worker’s role in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional, or intellectual challenges.

Adult care workers need to have the right values and behaviours, developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help individuals with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible. This enables them to have control and choice in their lives, which is at the heart of person centred care.

Job roles are varied and determined by, and relevant to, the type of service provided, and the person being supported.

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