Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

Posted on: 3 December 2021

Proud to Care Devon has successfully secured £3.45million of European funding to help Devon’s health and care workers develop new skills and to encourage others to join the profession.

The money was awarded by the European Social Fund and follows a successful bid by Devon County Council in a partnership with Torbay Council, Plymouth City Council, Devon’s NHS trusts and education and training providers.

The funding will be used to develop an ‘accelerator’ programme, which will assist care and health workers with their training and development and to remove some of the barriers preventing those who wish to enter the sector from joining.

Over three years, the programme will look to support over 1,000 people with workshop/courses, education and training programmes, from entry level through to foundation degree. This will enable health and care staff to access higher level jobs in areas such as social work or nursing.

The programme will also support older applicants, those with a disability, applicants from minority backgrounds, those not in education, employment or training and those in single adult households with dependent children to enter the profession.

To find the latest jobs in the health and care sector in Devon please go to the Proud to Care website.

Learn Devon and Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme

Much in our work life now depends on having a solid foundation of basic skills. They are the building blocks that enable us to reach our full potential at work and preform confidently in a work environment. Having good maths and English skills is essential when it comes to communicating with clients, recording/ or writing reports, understanding maths for everyday care needs (medication, food preparation) along with good IT skills to enable us be confident in using IT applications in the work place. Learn Devon working with care providers to support your recruitment into the sector or to upskill staff within their working journeys.

Courses and workshops are offered free of charge, covering basic skills for maths, English and Digital Skills along with employability skills to support you on your chosen career in Health and Care.

What are we offering?

View our course outline to see the courses and workshops we offer as part of the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme.

How are the courses delivered?

The Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme is aimed at encouraging people into the Health & Social Care sector by offering a range of courses designed to help them on their journey. By offering basic skills such as English & Maths to a range of qualifications, learners will be prepared to take their next steps in their new careers.

The programme also aims to upskill those already in the sector and provide opportunities for learners to progress their careers and support them in their current roles.

We have a range of qualifications from English & Maths to a Level 2 Mental Health Award and a CMI Level 2 Team Leading award. Alongside our qualifications we also have a range of short courses to help refresh knowledge, build confidence and learn new skills.

View our course outline to see the courses and workshops we offer as part of the Health and Social Care Skills Accelerator Programme.

The free courses and workshops will be delivered online as well as face to face (once government restrictions allow) in small groups of approximately 4-6 learners per class. We have a dedicated learning support team working across the county for those needing extra support. They are on hand to help learners enrol on our courses and can continue supporting them throughout their learning journey with us.

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