Higher apprenticeships for the next generation of adult social care managers will be launched next year thanks to an innovative partnership between Middlesex University and Skills for Care.
Skills for Care – the sector’s Skills Council - have funded the new Higher Apprenticeship programme which will develop the skills and knowledge of future leaders in a rapidly growing sector predicted to need at least another half million workers by 2025.
Higher Apprenticeships are a key part of the Government’s agenda to deliver the advanced skills needed to grow the UK economy and the new apprenticeship – unique in the sector – is aimed at people working in residential homes and other care organisations.
Further work is now underway focusing on demand for specialist modules including dementia, safeguarding and enterprise.
Tracey Cockerton, Deputy Dean of Middlesex University’s School of Health and Education said: “This project is a great example of education and industry coming together to tackle skills issues in a really crucial sector.
“Skills for Care have identified the need for clearer career pathways for care managers and we are working together to help the next generation of leaders see real career progression whilst developing the ability to work strategically and shape effective services for the future.”
Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said: “Our sector has seen a huge rise in the number of apprentices and it made sense to offer Higher Apprenticeships to our future leaders who will at the forefront of delivering high quality care in our communities”
“The work we have done with the team at Middlesex University is a model of how we can work together with education to create a high quality product.”
The project will now be rolled out through the creation of networks of employers, colleges and training providers who will deliver the Higher Apprenticeship. As part of the agreement with Skills for Care, Middlesex will also consult major organisations with an interest in social care and create employer forums to support ongoing development of the scheme.
The adult social care Higher Apprenticeship is the second qualification of its type developed at Middlesex. Last year the University became one of only two higher education institutions to be awarded money from the Government’s Higher Apprenticeships Fund, and the resulting project to develop Higher Apprenticeships in the construction industry is now well underway.
The first participants for the care sector Higher Apprenticeship are expected to begin their programme in spring 2013.