It’s National Apprenticeship Week

This week, it’s Skills for Care’s National Apprenticeship Week/National Careers Week.

Following the publication of the Department for Education’s career strategy back in December 2017, more and more teachers and careers advisors are looking to employers to provide engaging, first-hand accounts of what it’s like to work in their sector.

The strategy calls for young people to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace, and places emphasis on the importance of work experience. Skills for Care also believes it is an opportunity for adult social care organisations to break down some of the negative stereotypes about working in care and inspire them to consider a career in the sector.

Offering pre-employment training as part of your recruitment process is a great way of ensuring people have realistic expectations about working in social care, and can develop the skills and knowledge they need before they apply for a job. This can help you to stem the flow of wasted resources in recruiting people that aren’t going to stay.

You can decide what you offer, based on the needs of your business, and it might include offering:

  • an apprenticeship
  • a traineeship
  • work experience as part of your local sector routeway.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Skills for Care has launched online guidance, has published an overview poster  and online  guides.

Look out, also, for more on training/apprenticeships in our May issue. To be involved, email:


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