Record number of adult social care apprentices
News release 7 February 2012
Adult social care employers are celebrating the achievements of a record number of apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week which kicks off this week.
Last year the sector saw more than 40,000 new apprentices across England use the framework working towards qualifications that will boost their knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care.
They were backed by Skills for Care's rapidly growing network of Employer Apprenticeship Champions who talk to other employers about the real benefits highly motivated apprentices bring to their business.
To mark National Apprenticeships Week, Skills for Care will be releasing a series of short films looking at how apprentices make a difference to worker's lives and to the people they work with.
Every day this week a new film will be released to help people thinking about becoming apprentices find out what it's like to work in different settings including learning disabilities, older people and being a personal assistant, as well as highlighting the benefits for employers.
"As I travel round the country I am always impressed by the skill and dedication of our army of apprentices and I wanted Skills for Care to celebrate their achievements this week," says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.
"It is also a chance to thank all our Employer Apprenticeship Champions who have been so central to the massive rise in apprentices as they have persuaded other employers to sign up.
"I hope our new films will give people who want to be an apprentice a real sense of jobs that not only offer long term careers but huge job satisfaction."
The films can be viewed at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/apprenticeships in the 'news and activities' section.
Paul Clarke: 0113 2411297/ 07977519287. email@example.com
Notes to editors:
- Skills for Care is the employment-led strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England, which is licensed jointly with its UK allies by UKCES to be the 'Skills for Care and Development' Sector Skills Council (SSC). Both organisations are chaired by Professor David Croisdale-Appleby. The other members of the SSC are the Children's Workforce Development Council (also for England), the General Social Care Council, the Scottish Social Services Council, the Care Council for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
- Skills for Care forms a strategic overview of workforce needs in adult social care, which accounts for nearly 1.56 million workers spread over 48,300 establishments employing care staff. Skills for Care members are drawn from groups representing public, private and voluntary sector care employers, along with representatives of staff, trainers, service users and informal carers. Social care includes residential care, domiciliary care and social work with all its specialisms.
- Skills for Care and its SSC allies promote and develop the social care sector's National Occupational Standards which are statements of competence that describe 'best practice'.
- Skills for Care area networks are major brokers of funding for social care workforce development.