Essex social care workers to receive training funding

By Bethany Hemsley

Essex County Council (ECC) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) have teamed up to provide apprenticeships and bursaries to boost the skills of social care workers in Essex.

Starting in January 2021, the Nightingale Social Care Bursary will enable up to 25 Social Work Degree Apprentices each year to gain a national and sector-recognised Diploma from ARU.

The bursary is available to staff who are not eligible for an apprenticeship and would ordinarily have to pay for their training, such as those who have worked in the sector for some time but do not hold a formal qualification for their level within the sector.

ECC will initially provide the bursary for a maximum of two members of staff per setting, with additional applicants being placed on a waiting list.

There is no cost to care homes as the one to one sessions will be fully funded by the bursary. The course will initially be online with observation of practice taking place when safe.

Staff will be required to spend four hours per week working towards the qualification. This can be done in their own time, however, it is recommended employers support staff and allocate some time to the qualification in the workplace.

Nursing apprenticeships

ARU will also provide Nursing Apprenticeships to assist adult social care workers to become registered nurses and nursing associates working in the sector.

The scheme is aimed at Essex residents currently employed fulltime in adult social care nursing settings in Essex who meet the requirements of the apprenticeship training in respect of their role and duties.

ECC will meet the full costs of the training, however, the employer will still have to pay the individual’s salary and comply with the requirements of the apprenticeship standards. This includes paid day release for course related work placements and study time.

To get more information about the Nightingale Social Care Bursary contact ACL.businessdevelopment@essex.gov.uk.

Nursing care providers interested in the Nursing Apprenticeship scheme should first contact ContractManagementAdults@essex.gov.uk to be put in contact with a Higher Education provider who will explain the full course requirements.

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