SLA04695 - Early Years Worker - DFF (Modern Apprentice)

South Lanarkshire Council

  • Location: Hamilton
  • £8.74 to £9.69 per hour, Grade 1 Level 1-3
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: SLA04695

Job Description

Education Resources

Early Years Worker - Modern Apprenticeship

Various Locations throughout South Lanarkshire 

Hours - 37 hours per week Fixed Term: 2 Years

South Lanarkshire Council have Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Nursery Classes in local primary schools throughout South Lanarkshire and this is an expanding area of work where you will be able to develop a long term and rewarding career.

As a Modern Apprentice, you will gain skills and knowledge whilst working with babies, young children and families. You will have opportunities to learn all aspects of early learning and childcare as well as gain an understanding of current guidance for working with children and young people, such as Child Development, Curriculum for Excellence, Together We Can, 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.

Be responsive to children’s needs.

Encourage children’s creativity

Work as part of a team.

Engage in outdoor play with children

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

Although the training programme and contract of employment will be for 24 months, you will be eligible to apply for posts within the Council during your training to secure a career in the Early Years Service.


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 21st January 2019.

Or if you are disabled or Care Experienced, and aged between 20 to 29 years of age by 21st January 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.

Experience of working with people, through youth or voluntary work is desirable.


 Entry requirements

Three passes at National 5 or three passes at Intermediate 2 or three passes at 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 questions. Willingness and ability to study and achieve SVQ in 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 attended secondary school in South Lanarkshire

You will also be required to meet the registration requirements of a Practitioner with SSSC.

If you think a role within Early Years is an area you are interested in, you are encouraged to use a 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

If you are currently employed by South Lanarkshire Council and are interested in applying, prior to making your application, please discuss with your current Line Manager. In the event that you are being considered for this post, your release to undertake this internal fixed term opportunity would need to be agreed in advance and managed by the service/s or resource/s. 

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.

Closing Date: Sunday 21st October 2018



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

This post is excepted in terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 2003.


The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal records check provided by Disclosure Scotland.


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


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.


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South Lanarkshire Council are Equal Opportunities employees and encourage 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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