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Apprenticeship scheme to attract young people into social care careers

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A new government scheme hopes to aid young people begin careers and jobs in social care.

Plans published by the Government this week will see £75 million from the Department for Work and Pensions, going into helping 50,000 young people into social care apprenticeships in a scheme called CareFirst.

Employers will receive a £1,500 subsidy to take on social care trainees aged between 18 and 24. The strategy will aim to improve the status of social care so that the sector can attract the best candidates, and build a high quality workforce that can deliver personalised services on a long-term scale.

Care Services minister Phil Hope, will also aim to attract experienced graduates, managers and leaders from the private sector into the social care sector through a new Adult Social Care Workforce Strategy.

Initiatives include a new voluntary registration scheme for home care workers from 2010 to safeguard services and improve quality, developing more social care awards and using £4 million of funding to support qualified social workers in their first year.

Speaking at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Spring Seminar, Phil Hope said: ‘We want to encourage a new generation into social care. This will bring new talent and skills to social care and fill the vacancies that have grown as the sector has expanded.’

‘Once we recruit people, we must do everything we can to keep and grow new talent. I hope the new apprenticeships will go a long way to doing this,’ he added.

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