Adult Care sector next to benefit from government reform

Apprenticeship training reforms continue as the government pursues its mission to achieve 3 million Apprentices in training by 2020 and the Adult Care sector is next to benefit with new training standards, designed by employers being available in Cornwall from January 2018.

Hannah Ellis, Level 2 Health and Social Care Apprentice at the NAK Centre.

New ‘Apprenticeship standards’ have been replacing traditional ‘frameworks’ since April 2017. The standards focus on a specific job role within a sector and avoid the occasional ‘one size fits all’ approach of traditional frameworks.

The benefit for employers and learners keen to start their career in Cornwall is that the content of the new courses has been designed in partnership with employers, allowing the taught elements to focus closely on skills, knowledge and behaviours needed in the workplace. This not only makes Apprentices more employable after they complete, but also allows them to work at a higher standard while training.

Truro and Penwith College will be one of the first training providers in Cornwall to launch the new Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship standards in January, both of which are not only available to new members of staff but can also be used to upskill existing team members. The College has also worked with employers to launch the new City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care and the Level 3 Diploma in Lead Adult Care, open to applications now.

Linda Hutchinson, Health and Social Care Lead Coordinator at Truro and Penwith College, commented: “I am confident that the adult care sector is finally turning a corner and it is fantastic to see care providers embracing so much change positively. The new Apprenticeship standards and diploma qualifications couldn’t have come at a better time. Having been developed by experts in the sector, we are confident that Apprentices and existing staff will receive a training programme that develops the required skills and behaviours that will equip them to become care workers of the future. We have worked in partnership with some excellent local employers to develop our programmes and we are all very excited to launch in January 2018.”

To find out more about training in the Adult Care sector contact Linda Hutchinson on 01872 245675 / lindahutchinson@truro-penwith.ac.uk or the College’s Apprenticeship Team on 01872 242711 / apprenticeships@truro-penwith.ac.uk.