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A Burntwood-based training firm is expanding its health and social care apprenticeship programmes. The BB Training Academy said the move would help tackle issues around pressures facing the care industry. The National Audit Office has raised concerns around staffing levels, citing poor career progression and development as one of the reasons employees opt to leave the industry.
Fay Gibbin
Fay Gibbin, CEO at BB Training Academy, said: “We have been delivering training courses within the childcare and catering sector for over 15 years and were keen to expand our offering and roll it out to other sectors. “Similar to childcare, we noticed that there was a need to stabilise the workforce within the health and social care sector. Apprenticeship programmes and training opportunities, when used as part of a talent management strategy, can help attract new staff and increase staff retention by boosting morale and empowering employees to progress in their roles, which ultimately improves the quality of care that is being provided to those that need it. “Our offering aims to ease the pressure on employers and managers to recruit and upskill their workforce by covering a range of qualifications suitable for every stage of a person’s career, whether it’s a trainee in their first role in care or a senior member of management.” The courses include apprenticeships includes:
  • Level 2 Adult Care Worker
  • Intermediate Level 3 Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Level 5 higher apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management.
The company is also introducing shorter learning and development courses covering topics such as manual handling and safeguarding. Fay added: “It has been a great start to the year so far and it’s an exciting period of growth for the training sector, as the value of apprenticeships continue to be recognised and new ways of delivering training become available as new technologies are developed.”


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