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1 Apprenticeships: Recruiting Younger People into Social Care Hertfordshire Adult Care Services Paul Rainbow – Senior Learning and Development Officer for Work Based Learning

2 Why Apprenticeships? Through research and workforce planning we have come to realise that the workforce in Hertfordshire is not getting any younger and we are not attracting younger people into our organisation

3 The ACS workforce (Feb 08 Figures) AreaUnder 25Over 55 Elderly and Physical Disability Social Work teams 2%30.1% Community Learning Disability Teams 0%23.4% Day Services5.4%28.6% Supported Living5.3%21.3%

4 The Hertfordshire Social Care Workforce Information from the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) March 08 states that: Only 14% of the social care workforce in Hertfordshire is under 30

5 Our Apprenticeship Scheme A programme to support young people into social care. As well as completing valuable work experience in our services they also complete the following at college: Key skills in Numeracy and Literacy Skills for Care Induction European Computer Driving Licence Btec in Health and Social Care NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care This equates to 1 day a week at college and 4 days a week working in one of our services.

6 Pilot Scheme month programme for 10 Apprentices CostAmount Salary (F/T) for 18 months H1 grade: £13,062 (+ 22% on costs) = £23, (for 18 months) Fees for qualificationsFree as paid for through College funding such as Train to Gain TOTAL:£23, per person 10 apprentices = £239,040.60

7 Breakdown of costs 80% time working in the services Salary cost £19, % college / learning Training cost £ During the pilot scheme Learning and Development paid for all costs, however negotiations took place to ensure that the services contributed to future schemes as they were gaining the benefits of a worker 4 days per week.

8 Our Apprentices Of the nine that finished the course: 1 went on to university to study a social care related degree 8 went onto work for ACS or one of the local PVI providers

9 Apprenticeship scheme 2008 (1 year) CostAmount Salary (F/T) for 12 months H1 grade: £13,062 (+ 22% on costs) 6 months paid for by L&D 6 months paid for by services as the apprentice will be slotted into a vacant position once they have completed the first 6 month probationary period Fees for qualificationsFree as paid for through College funding such as Train to Gain TOTAL:£15, per person 10 apprentices = £159,356.40

10 Breakdown of costs 80% time working in the services Salary cost £12, % college / learning Training cost £ This time L&D are investing: £ per apprentice The services are also investing: £ per apprentice (paid for as part of the staffing establishment – as they will be slotted into vacant positions after completing their 6 month probation period)

11 Benefits The development of a younger social care workforce Potential of highly employable, well motivated staff who have the necessary core values and relevant qualifications Service users, especially those in transition, can be supported by staff from their own age group The scheme will raise the profile of care work, amongst the younger generation

12 What an apprentice had to say… the scheme was beneficial to me because it broadened my horizons to the care world. I found the placements really helpful because they gave me a chance to get to know service users thoughts and understand care from their point of view

13 What a ACS manager had to say… this experience has been positive for both the service users and the apprentice themselves. It was good to see the person growing in confidence and the service users enjoying the company of a younger person. We think the scheme is excellent; it nurtures young people to become the next generation of support workers, giving them both the necessary qualifications and the much needed practical experience.

14 Other opportunities: Care Ambassadors Scholarship Scheme Links with the 14 – 19 Diploma

15 Care Ambassadors Scheme A programme run by Skills for Care Young people working in social care are trained to become Care Ambassadors. They are then invited to go and talk to schools in the local area about working in Health and Social Care Our apprentices from 2005 are going to get involved

16 Other opportunities….. Links with the YMCA / Connexions / Leaving Care Team Links with the 14 – 19 Diploma – which has a Health and Social Care element in it

17 Information for you….. If you want to avoid re-inventing the wheel we are happy to send people copies of our scheme brochure and the apprentices contract. Please me on:


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