The pioneering partnership between Lambeth Council, Lambeth College, local care employers and Jobcentre Plus reached a significant milestone this week as thirteen local health and social care apprentices joined Lambeth’s Social Care Apprentice Programme.
All the apprentices will be working in Lambeth, either directly for the council, local care partners like Allied Care who provide support for vulnerable people living at home or as personal assistants for people managing their own care and support.
The three men and ten women whose ages range from 20 to 50 will begin the year long course on June 4th, leading to Level II Diploma in Health & Social Care.
Gareth Roberts, Lambeth Council’s senior learning and development manager for Adult Social Care who led the successful pilot project, partly funded by Skills for Care, the national sector skills council, said: “ We need more people to work in social care. Care is a growth industry. We need more people to support our growing older population. We need to make social care a more attractive career especially for younger people and we will do all we can to support them through this innovative programme with Lambeth College, Jobcentre Plus and local employers. ”
Janine O’Connor, Lambeth council’s apprenticeship co-ordnator said: “ This group has been handpicked for their passion for care which some of them haven’t had the opportunity to realise. They bring a range of skills and experiences. Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers – they’re for anyone who wants to train, learn new skills or to progress their career. ”
Jessica Conroy, Apprenticeships Advisor at Lambeth College said: “ This is an exciting stage in our development as a Careers College. This growing partnership with government, Lambeth council, Jobcentre Plus and local employers means we are focusing on training and skills for the jobs that are needed in the local economy. Apprenticeships are a stepping stone to improving career or educational prospects for anyone. ”