Eight local learners who took part in the pilot programme run by the Health and Care Sector Academy have now graduated with flying colours, with three moving into full-time employment. The learners were from a range of backgrounds including those currently employed but looking to start a career in health and care, or were unemployed. The learners were recently presented their certificates by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, at a ceremony held at Cross Keys Homes’ Lapwing Apartments extra care scheme.
The learners were selected to be part of the pilot which is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and aims to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in the health and care sector to meet current and future labour demands and reduce the reliance on work-related benefits, giving better security in employment and improving career and pay prospects.
Principal of City College Peterborough, Pat Carrington said: “I am delighted with the progress of the pilot, especially seeing people being offered firm and secure long-term employment as a result of the course”.
The Academy project is being implemented and managed by City College Peterborough on behalf of The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and numerous essential key stakeholders. It is also engaging with local Job Centres, NHS and care providers to ensure the success of future courses
Cross Keys Care is one such care company who has been involved since the project started. It continues to work closely with the Academy, supporting training, helping to secure employment for successful learners.
There are currently four courses underway in the areas of Cambridge, Bretton, Lapwing and Peterborough city centre with a total of 20 learners enrolled. Additional courses are being planned in the areas of Huntingdon, March and Wisbech to start in the next few weeks with plans to roll out across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in the coming months and years.
Courses are being delivered within the local communities to allow for maximum accessibility. In addition, transport and childcare assistance is provided to those who are eligible.
“We are delighted with the results we are seeing and the opportunities this programme has created,” Pat said.
If you would like to know more about the project or the event, please contact the Project Manager; Nicola Arbon on NArbon@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk