The Playwork Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group has issued a survey to assess the demand for the new qualifications it is developing. The group has put out a statement asking employers to respond, which we publish here in full.
ATTENTION PLAYWORK EMPLOYERS
We Need Your Help in developing the Playwork Apprenticeship Standards
The purpose of a Trailblazer Group is to identify the demand and to create an Apprenticeship standard that fulfils the requirements of the sector. The Playwork Trailblazer Group is looking to develop a standard for a Level 2 Playworker qualification in the first instance, followed by a Level 3 Playwork Co-ordinator Apprenticeship Standard. The Level 2 will be designed for people new to Playwork and who interact with children on a daily basis, and the Level 3 will be designed for those who manage the daily running of a single setting.
These standards are employer-led, meaning we can ensure the qualification is fit for purpose and fully meets our needs. This is our chance to really make a difference to the way Playworkers are trained and to ensure that the training is fully conversant with the Playwork Principles and children and young people’s rights to play.
‘CACHE, the leading sector specialist, are supporting a group of 10 employers with their proposal to develop the Apprenticeship standard for Playwork frameworks.’
The Institute for Apprenticeships will only approve the proposal if there is evidence of sector demand and that the occupation of a Playworker is sufficiently different to other apprenticeship standards such as Early Years or Youth Worker.
We need to gather the views of as many Playwork employers as possible to identify interest in the new qualification and how many apprentices each organization would be likely to employ each year.
We have created a short survey which should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. By doing so, you will be helping to secure the future of Playwork for everyone, so please share your thoughts here
Completing the questionnaire will help us assess demand for the new qualification, shaping the future of Playwork Apprenticeships. Your input is greatly valued and will be vital in securing government funding, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey today.
All completed questionnaires must be in by February 12th 2018.
Playwork Foundation Trustee, Ali Wood, is a member of the Playwork Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group.
For more information about the group and its work please email the joint chairperson Carole Theyer here