Townfield Academy opens with pledge to create 100 care sector jobs

Townfields Academy

A family-owned care operator in Lancashire has launched a training academy that could create up to 100 new care sector jobs this year.

Townfield and Coach House Care, which operates two residential care homes and a home care service, is promising to provide every recruit with the same level of training regardless of their background or previous experience.

The ‘Townfield Academy’, which is based at the company’s head office in Great Harwood, was officially opened by Hyndburn’s Labour MP Graham Jones, who praised the dynamic business and its expanding Home Care service.

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“Improving standards in home care is really important and it’s good to see a strong focus on training and skills to provide these vital services,” said Jones.

Townfield has been trading for more than 35 years and operates a 24-bed specialist dementia care home in Great Harwood and a smaller six-place residential home for the elderly in Rishton, as well as providing home care to clients throughout Hyndburn and into neighbouring Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

Owner John Timmins says the decision to launch the training academy comes in response to market trends. “With people living longer and keen to stay in their own homes we have experienced a growing demand for home care,” he explained.

“Everyone is different so we can tailor a care package to suit their needs. What’s crucial for us is that the standard of care we provide remains uniformly high, which is why we’ve established our own in-house Townfield Academy.”

The academy will be run by Townfield Care’s principal trainer Carol Moreton, a qualified NVQ assessor and former staff training and development manager with East Lancashire Primary Care Trust.

She and other senior staff will deliver a mix of classroom-based and on-the-job “shadow training” to new recruits through a series of training courses.

“We currently provide around 950 hours of home care per week and are looking to increase that to around 2,000 hours to meet demand,” added Timmins.

“That equates to between 60 and 100 new care roles, depending on the hours people work. It can be a very flexible role and we’re looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, with life experience and attitude just as important as qualifications. Each training course is limited to 12 people so recruitment will be an ongoing process.”

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