Early Years Worker Modern Apprenticeship – South Lanarkshire Council



South Lanarkshire Council are currently advertising Modern Apprenticeship opportunities as an Early Years Worker. These positions are being offered on a permanent, full time, basis across various locations through out the local authority with an attractive hourly rate of £9.32 – £10.33 per hour for a 37 hour week. Applications for the posts close on 10 May 2019. Visit the SLC page here .

Job Description

Early Learning and Childcare – Modern Apprenticeship, Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 7

Early Learning and Childcare is a career where the rewards of working with babies, young children and their families, are an everyday event. If you are interested in working with young children, helping to make a difference to their lives and develop their skills, while learning about the world around them; then the Early Learning and Childcare Apprenticeship Programme could be for you.

South Lanarkshire Council have Nursery Classes in local primary schools and Early Learning and Childcare Centres throughout South Lanarkshire. Our aim is for our children to become “Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.”

Modern Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of Early Learning and Childcare as well as gain an understanding of current guidance for working with children. This includes Child Health and Development, Curriculum for Excellence, Together We Can and We Will, Building the Ambition and the Value of Play.

Examples of what Modern Apprentices do:

  • Encourage and support children’s development through a variety of play activities
  • Provide a range of learning opportunities to help children understand the world around them
  • Be responsive to children’s needs
  • Encourage children’s creativity
  • Work with families from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and actively promote diversity
  • Work as part of a team
  • Engage in outdoor play with children

Modern Apprentices are supervised and trained in nurseries by qualified staff. They are also required to undertake an SVQ in Social Services Children and Young People at SCQF level 7 and attend regular classroom based training sessions as well as any additional core training.

If you are interested in a role within care you should try the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) resource called “A Question of Care” which will help you think about the type of work involved and give you feedback on your responses to typical situations faced in working life. You can access the resource at www.aquestionofcare.org.uk



  • At least three passes at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit Level or Equivalent; one of these must be English, and/or relevant experience.
  • High standard of communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Successful completion of pre interview task(s).
  • Commitment and ability to study and achieve SVQ in Social Services Children and Young People SCQF level 7.You must have access to a laptop or computer as all SVQ work is done in an electronic portfolio.
  • Be resident in South Lanarkshire or have attended secondary school in South Lanarkshire

You will also be required to meet the registration requirements of an Early Years Practitioner with the (SSSC).

This vacancy is restricted to applicants who have recently attended a South Lanarkshire Council School and/or live in the South Lanarkshire area.

You must be aged between 16 and 24 years old as of 26th August 2019.

Or if you are disabled or Care Experienced, and aged between 20 to 29 years of age by 26th August 2019, you may be eligible to apply if you meet the rest of the criteria. South Lanarkshire Council and Skills Development Scotland recognise that disabled people and those who are Care Experienced can face challenges on their career journey.


Delivering a Fairer Future – Under the Council’s positive action programme, applications for this post are particularly encouraged from male applicants.


Employment History/Foreign Police Check

Candidates should be able to detail any gaps in employment and provide a foreign police check where applicable for any periods living or working abroad.

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to a formal offer of employment being made by South Lanarkshire Council.

Please refer to http://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/publications/ and click on Code of Practice for further information about the disclosure process and best practice.

Applications online

We recommend you familiarise yourself with the format and content of the form by clicking on the following link to access the applicant user guide. Please click here

South Lanarkshire Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages applications from all members of the community.   As a user of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum competency/behaviour requirements for the position. 


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