The college’s care team, comprising staff from both Health and Social Care and Children and Young People, is in the running for the Innovation in Learning Provision Award, which celebrates a learning provider which has developed new or innovative ways to support learning and skills development for apprentices.
The pandemic has hit everyone hard but the care industry has been at the forefront while also facing a reduction in its workforce due, in part, to Brexit constraints.
Covid restrictions also meant that Foundation Apprentice learners could not attend work placements as normal so the college came up with measures, including remote placements and work-based activities where facilities replicated a real-life workplace. By expanding and strengthening its employer connections, the college provided support where and when it was needed most and quadrupled Modern Apprenticeship (MA) opportunities – at the last count it had engaged with 40 employers in the MA scheme.
Carol Bain, head of curriculum and quality for Health and Social Care, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the fantastic work of our development officers has been recognised. They’ve shown their resolve by providing creative, innovative ways to support apprentices, whilst also having to manage remote working – a true testament of their passion, commitment and professionalism.”