During the peer worker apprenticeship you’ll work alongside professionals in hospital, justice and community settings, providing support using knowledge gained from your own lived experience
Peer Workers support individuals across all age groups who may be experiencing struggles including severe mental distress, perinatal mental health difficulties, long term conditions, addiction problems, gambling addiction and rough sleeping. During the peer worker apprenticeship you’ll be employed in sectors including the NHS, health, justice, housing, and private providers of specialist services. An excellent communicator, you’ll focus on building and developing relationships and opportunities as you’ll be working with people who are experiencing extreme difficulties in their lives. You’ll help create a safe and trusting space, using your own personal experiences to help share and model self-help and self-management skills. In your daily work, you’ll interact with a wider team, working alongside other professionals and with direct contact with individuals as well as their families and carers and may find yourself working shifts including unsocial hours and weekends.
Duration: 15 months
Relevant school subjects: English
Entry requirements for the peer worker apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels
Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum
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