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Nearly 100 more apprenticeships created in Cornwall’s care sector

Nearly 100 people have been offered care sector apprenticeships thanks to investment in the companies that deliver care and support in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council has been able to redirect some of its ‘apprenticeship levy’ monies into local care companies to support the training costs of apprenticeships for their staff.  This has allowed the care organisations and companies to offer more apprenticeships and in turn encourage more people into a career in care.

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The apprenticeship levy is a government initiative which supports employers to create more apprenticeships. As well as providing 200 Council-based apprenticeships, the Council is also able to pass up to 25% of this levy on to other employers in Cornwall and so far have been able to transfer funds to 16 local employers in the care sector.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for adults, Rob Rotchell said: “The apprenticeship levy gives Cornwall Council the opportunity to invest in high-quality training, helping us to grow and develop the workforce we need to successfully deliver services to our residents. 

“It is especially important that we support care companies to attract more staff into the care profession with a shortage of care workers that is set to grow year on year. There are currently over 1000 care role vacancies in Cornwall, and this demand for workers, combined with Cornwall’s ageing population, means we have to think of lots of different ways to attract more people to care roles so that we will be able to cope with this ever increasing demand.”

All of the apprentices benefitting from the levy work in the adult social care sector, including care homes, and domiciliary care. Successful applicants are already undertaking apprenticeships in a range of care related roles.

Tina Darrock from Carers Break, a care community interest company based in Roche said: “The benefits have been really great, more staff are coming on board and the apprenticeship allows them to achieve their qualification and gives them an opportunity to further their career. We’re quite a small organisation and any support we can get to get more staff through our doors is a win win, it’s a bonus. For the workers it’s about the value this puts on their role and on them as a person.”

Lee Wright, an apprentice at Carers Break said: “Helping someone to live their life in their own home is really rewarding, you can see the gratitude in someone’s face when you’re able to help them. Being able to gain an NVQ while I work has given me more confidence and puts a real value on the work that I do.”

Read more information on Cornwall Council’s apprenticeship levy.

To find out more about a career in care please visit the Proud to Care website

Applications for next year’s levy transfer allowance will re-open in spring 2020 and will be allocated to the care sector on a priority basis.

Story posted on 10 January