Partnership to tackle care industry skills shortage

Angela Watt, Age Uk; Kelly Harrison, Tyne Met College; Megan Sweeney, Welbeing centre team leader; Patrick Hughes, senior training officer Age UK; and Tracy Thirkley, Age UK personal support assistant.
Angela Watt, Age Uk; Kelly Harrison, Tyne Met College; Megan Sweeney, Welbeing centre team leader; Patrick Hughes, senior training officer Age UK; and Tracy Thirkley, Age UK personal support assistant.
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Two key employers have joined forces in a bid to tackle the care industry skills shortage.

TyneMet College 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.

Health and social care staff from EveryDay Home Care’s workforce and Age UK North Tyneside Wellbeing Services will undergo a structured training programme that covers a range of disciplines including health and safety, medication awareness, customer service, food safety, nutrition and first 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.

The partnership with TyneMet comes as demand for homecare services is on the rise and providers are struggling to recruit suitably skilled staff.

Alma Caldwell, group chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside and EveryDay Home Care, said: “We recognise the importance of increasing the skills base of our workforce, particularly as there is a shortage of suitably qualified workers in our industry.

“That’s why we’ve teamed up with TyneMet College to upskill our current workforce and provide an opportunity for other aspiring care staff to make their way in the sector.”

Jon Vincent, principal 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.”