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Training standards must be independent, Care England warns Labour electorate

Care England has called for independent scrutiny of care home training, after reports of plans to restrict foreign worker jobs.

The plans form part of Labour’s manifesto for the 2024 elections to develop a workforce plan for social care. This includes sanctions on the hiring of foreign workers if social care providers do not comply with domestic workforce training programmes.

As well as social care, Labour’s immigration plans also affect health, construction, engineering and IT, according to the BBC.

In the report, Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry Council, said that “putting arbitrary limits on skilled immigration” before workforce plans were given time to properly develop could “stifle economic growth”.

Care England Chief Executive Professor Martin Green added: “The judgement whether a sector has taken ‘sufficient steps’ to boost training and skills being at the discretion of the Minister is a cause for concern. Care England calls for this judgement to be made by an independent body.”

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