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Peer Worker Apprenticeship Standard Consultation


Apprenticeship Standard for Peer Worker.

Background: Apprenticeship Standards describe the high-level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be competent in a defined occupation. They are developed by employer led Trailblazer groups and are available for over 500 different occupations. The Peer Worker apprenticeship Trailblazer group is made up of employers and other stakeholders from across the third sector, health and justice. The apprenticeship standard has been co-produced with Peer Workers who have drawn on their own personal experience of the peer role to inform the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the draft standard. 

Rationale for developing the standard for this occupation: The standard has been developed to support increased opportunities for people with lived experience to enter and progress in peer worker roles. We believe this apprenticeship standard will provide a significant steppingstone into a wide variety of peer support roles including leadership roles such as Senior Peer Support Worker, Peer Support Lead or Peer Support Managers. 

The knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the standard are designed to be applicable to all Peer Workers wherever they work and are written so the standard can be used by any employer who wishes to employ a Peer Worker apprentice. 

Structure of the standard: Trailblazers must develop standards that comply with the criteria set out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in their 'How To' Guide. The criteria mean that the standard must:

1. Be completed in line with their template 
2. Describe an occupation which is defined and distinct (with minimum overlap with other apprenticeship standards)
3. Use high level descriptors rather than providing a detailed curriculum.

Unlike the current apprenticeship standard, the new format includes duties to which all the knowledge, skills and behaviour statements are mapped. 

Full details of apprenticeships commonly used in the health sector can be found on HASO.

Download: Please download the standard here before you start so that you can refer to it whilst you are completing the survey.

How long will it take to complete the survey?
It should take in the region of 20 to 25 minutes.

What is the deadline for responding to the online survey?
The deadline for the consultation is 12pm, Thursday 20th May. 

Thank you for taking part.