Healthcare Cleaning Operative - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship


Duration: 12 months
Location: Workplace and College
Sector: Estates management

About the Course

This apprenticeship teaches learnings to provide a hygienically clean healthcare environment in which service users, staff and other, users can thrive, work and develop.

Stablishments this apprenticeship is suitable for:

  • Hospitals
  • Care homes where the operative uses a range of cleaning methods
  • Doctors/Dentist surgeries where the operative role includes the cleaning of service user equipment
  • Healthcare settings within prisons and schools where a range of cleaning methods are used and equipment used for providing a healthcare service is also cleaned
  • Large childcare settings where cleaning operatives are responsible for deep cleans and cleaning service user equipment such as children’s toys
  • Leisure facilities where the operatie cleans areas, including the poolside and changing rooms
  • Large first aid facilities in establishments such as airports where the cleaning operative has a broad range of duties


What will the apprentice study?

During this apprenticeship, you will learn professional cleaning codes of practices and how to carry out cleaning operative tasks to an industry standard.

The Healthcare Science Assistant (HCSA) support workforce contributes to safe patient care across all care pathways from conception to end of life in job roles within hospitals, general practice, and other settings in the healthcare sector and across all areas of healthcare science (1).

HCSAs perform a range of low risk, routine technical and scientific procedures usually within one broad area of HCS, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements. HCSAs work using standard operating procedures, initially under direct supervision but increasingly with experience, under indirect supervision

For more information on the apprenticeship please visit the Insitutue of Apprenticeships

Entry criteria

You will need:

  • To be aged 16 or older
  • To be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week with 20% of your normal working hours set aside for you to complete your training and study
  • Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 1 English and Maths and to have taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.

Employers may also set additional entry requirements, as a prerequisite to working with them.

How is the apprentice assessed?

Apprenticeships are assessed by classroom study coursework and assessments along with on-the-job practicals. 

Occupational profile

On completition of this course, you can progress onto further study in this field or into a career in the health and social care sector.


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