National Care Group launches apprenticeship scheme

Claire Leake

National Care Group has set up an academy and apprenticeship programme to help provide career opportunities for the next generation.

The programme, which will offer candidates the opportunity to learn on the job and gain care qualifications at the same time, has 24 paid positions available.

Successful applicants will work alongside colleagues across a range of the company’s services to deliver individual, person-centred support for adults with learning disabilities, mental health illness and complex needs.

A career in care can often be overlooked by younger generations, however, we are determined to change the narrative through the National Care Group academy,’ said Claire Leake, people director at the provider.

‘Through a combination of practical on-the-job experience and academic learning, it will equip individuals for a promising career, moulding them into well-rounded carers.

‘We’ve watched apprenticeships grow rapidly in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. By allowing individuals to learn in a practical way, at the same time as gaining a qualification, they can develop into exceptional colleagues who will thrive when placed in a working environment. This not only benefits our teams but the individuals undertaking the apprenticeships as they’re better prepared for real-life situations.’

According to Skills for Care, the vacancy rate for adult social care roles in England is more than 7.3%, with over a quarter of those being aged 55 or above.