The new publications and online tools are to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships in adult social care and to attract more apprentices into the sector, which is set to grow rapidly over the next decade.
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Skills for Care launches new resources to boost social care apprenticeships
Skills for Care has launched a new range of user-friendly resouces featuring social care apprentices telling their own stories.
The apprentices talk candidly about why they decided to take on an apprenticeship and about the huge job satisfaction they get from supporting people in their own communities.
The featured employers talk about the benefits to their businesses of employing highly motivated apprentices who offer quality support to the people who use their services.
The resources are aimed at employers, schools, careers services and anyone interested in becoming an apprentice, and can be found at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/icareapprenticeships
The true life stories are backed by a range of online tools including an ‘icare apprenticeships’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/icareapprenticeships), along with a Twitter blog (@icareapps) and a chance to join in online discussions on Bebo (www.bebo.com/icareapprenticeships).
“The government has placed a huge emphasis on creating more apprenticeships and Skills for Care believes that adult social care jobs are a natural fit for people of all ages who are thinking about how becoming an apprentice can enhance their job, career and life skills,” says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.
“The real strength of these new innovative resources is that they are based on the personal testimony of employers who know apprenticeships are good for their business and the stories of apprentices who have volunteered to tell other people about the huge rewards they get from working with people who use services where they live.
“We have worked with our partners to boost the number of apprentices coming into adult social care because they are critical to making sure we will have enough new workers in a sector whose work is set to grow dramatically due to demographic changes.”
Skills for Care is also running a series of localised events during National Apprenticeship Week to encourage social care employers to think about employing apprentices and to talk to potential apprentices about how they can develop long term careers in the sector. Details of these can be found at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/icareapprenticeships.