Children, Young People & Families Practitioner

TRN partners with University College Birmingham on trailblazing apprenticeship

TRN are proud to announce a trailblazing partnership with University College Birmingham to deliver a child-centred apprenticeship, the Children, Young People & Families Practitioner Standard - Level 4 (Community Pathway) Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) qualification.

In June 2018 the new Children, Young People & Families Practitioner – Level 4 apprenticeship standard was approved for delivery in two separate pathways –

Option 1: Residential
Option 2: Community

TRN were able to deliver the residential pathway straight away but were unable to progress with the community pathway as it had a Certificate of Higher Education (Certificate in Higher Education in working with Children Young People and Families) attached to it. This meant TRN had to partner up with a university to allow us to deliver the apprenticeship, due to the innovative work the University College Birmingham is achieving in this sector, we came to the conclusion that they would be the perfect partner to facilitate this.

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Mark Hewitt (TRN's Managing Director), Lee Walker (TRN's Key Account Manager) and Aaron Bradbury (UCB’s Senior Curriculum Leader for Higher Education, Early Years and Education) worked out the details of the partnership and agreed to start running the first cohort from January 2020.

The Children, Young People & Families Practitioner – Level 4 apprenticeship is designed to upskill employees already working in Children and Young People services. It has been developed specifically for employees who want to further their careers but cannot study full-time at university. Once completed, learners can progress to a Level 5 qualification and then further increase their potential by enrolling onto an online Level 6 top-up qualification with University College Birmingham.

Maria Armstrong of TRN will manage the programme ensuring course consistency across multiple regional training centres. TRN tutors Samantha McArdle and Gillian Beattie will teach the off-the-job element of the year-long programme. Forecasting massive demand for the apprenticeship a recruitment drive is currently underway for additional tutors with the right qualifications.

Training modules included in the apprenticeship are:

  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Contemporary Social Issues within Family Systems
  • Building Relationships for Child Centred Practice
  • Developmental Needs of Children and Young People
  • Making Difficult Decisions
  • Mentoring in Practice
  • Multi Agency Working
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • The Voice of the Child
  • Working with Systems and Policies for Person Centred Practice
  • Professional judgements when working with Children, Young People and Families
Find out more about the new Children, Young People & Families Practitioner Standard - Level 4 (Community Pathway) apprenticeship in conjunction with University College Birmingham.

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Read the University College Birmingham's blog post about their partnership with TRN.

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