Two of North Tyneside’s largest employers are teaming up in a bid to tackle the care industry skills shortage.
Tyne Metropolitan College (TyneMet), which employs around 300 staff, and Age UK North Tyneside’s EveryDay Home Care service have launched a new training programme to upskill workers in the healthcare sector and develop the next generation of industry talent.
Jon Vincent, principal and chief executive of TyneMet College said: “We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting project. We are working with the team at Age UK North Tyneside and EveryDay to identify their skills requirements going forward and have shaped a flexible package of learning around their needs.”
The programme will provide training for health and social care staff from EveryDay Home Care and Age UK North Tyneside Wellbeing Services, including health and safety, medication awareness, customer service, food safety, nutrition and food aid.
The employees will study for a Health and Social Care Apprenticeship, which will combine on-the-job work experience with classroom learning at TyneMet. They will be given the chance to progress from a Level 2 qualification up to Level 5, which is suitable for staff who want to gain management experience.
The training will also benefit the influx of new recruits at EveryDay Home Care, which recently announced plans to add another 360 staff to its workforce within the next year.
According to research by the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), demand for healthcare workers could increase at twice the rate of population growth in the UK (0.6%) by 2035, with the number of required man hours rocketing by 36% to 12.2 billion in the same period.
TyneMet College offers a range of study options including Apprenticeships, Diplomas, BTECs and Foundation Degrees across a wide spectrum of subject areas including Health & Child Care, Business and Finance, Hospitality, Sport and Fitness and Creative Digital and Media Services. The organisation provides tailored training programmes that help local employers unearth new talent and plug skills gaps within their businesses.