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College announces Care Academy partnership aims to plug county skills gap
21 September 2018

College announces Care Academy partnership aims to plug county skills gap

Wiltshire College & University Centre is delighted to have partnered with a leading independent recruiter to address a shortage of carers across the county.

Chippenham-based 24-7 Staffing and the College are jointly launching the Care Academy to provide training for carers who are new to the sector or who want to gain additional qualifications.

Wiltshire has the third largest older population, with 100,000 of its 475,000 residents aged over 65 – a figure projected to rise by around 25 per cent over the next five years.

The training courses will be run by the College initially at its Chippenham and Salisbury campuses, with the intention of expanding provision to Trowbridge and Lackham.

There will also be the chance to carry out bespoke training in the work place.

Denise Lloyd, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Campus, said the College had an excellent track record for providing high quality health and social care courses and the new Care Academy would be flexible and responsive to the specific needs of those seeking employment or in need of upskilling in the care sector.

“We work closely with Wiltshire Council, looking at the need for skills and future skills planning in the county,” she said.

“This approach focuses much more on the job at the end than on the qualification and will be a way not just of bringing people into the care sector but, by upskilling those already working in care, it will help retain them.

“The Care Academy will have a roll on, roll off approach, and be bespoke.”

Melody Thompson, Director of 24-7 Staffing, said: “We have a very strong care division at 24-7 Staffing and supply candidates to dozens of care homes in and around the county.

“There are many opportunities available, far more than we are able to fill due to a shortage of qualified staff.

“We have strict qualification criteria for the staff we place with our clients so it makes sense to refer people needing care qualifications – whether they are new to the sector or whether they want extra training – to Wiltshire College & University Centre.

“We already have a good working relationship with the College and this is a fantastic solution – a care academy to meet the training needs of local candidates coupled with our expertise to place them into the work environment with our clients.”

For more information about the Care Academy email robyn.beck@wiltshire.ac.uk or call 01985 803208. For information on care vacancies visit https://www.24-7staffing.co.uk/.