Anchor has launched a care home apprenticeship scheme to mark Care Home Open Day.

The first apprentices to join Anchor will work at Tandy Court, Cranlea, Greenhive, Norton House, Teal Beck House and Heather Vale care homes.

Anchor has chosen to launch the scheme at these homes because they have all been rated as Good or Outstanding by regulator The Care Quality Commission and scored highly in the Your Care Rating survey where residents at the homes filled in a questionnaire as part of a national survey, run by Ipsos MORI.

The apprenticeship scheme is one way Anchor is addressing the shortfall of the estimated 718,000 carers needed by 2025 to meet the demands of the country’s ageing population. An unprecedented number of men are needed to bridge the gap. [1]

One of the new apprentices, Nicola, 17, (pictured with fellow apprentice Kayleigh) will be starting at Tandy Court care home in Birmingham. Her first experience of caring was when she helped her blind nan with shopping and cleaning, Nicola said: “I’ve always got on with older people so it made sense to look for a career in care.

“The apprenticeship means I can learn on the job and get worthwhile experience. I’m looking forward to helping older people. This is going to be a brand new experience for me.”

Nicola joined the other new apprentices at a special ceremony in London with Anchor’s Head of Training Anita Cunningham on 19 June where they received one day’s induction.

Greenhive care home Manager Connie Oppong said she was thrilled that her homw was one to have been chosen to pilot the apprenticeship scheme.

She said: “As Anchor, which runs Greenhive, is a not-for-profit organisation, we spend a lot of money on training our staff so the apprenticeship scheme is an extension of this.

“It is important apprentices learn good practice from care staff who are committed to providing top quality care and that is why we were chosen to train Hayley and Aliyah.

“Anchor is looking to fill more than 2,000 job vacancies this year. Applicants don’t need to have worked in the care sector before but we are looking for candidates who are passionate about providing top quality care and who have an empathy with older people.

“Comprehensive training will be provided. This is an opportunity for a career where you can do well by doing good.”

Any job hunters wanting to find out more about a career in care, can visit our Careers pages or check out Anchor’s blog to hear from existing employees talk about why they work in the care sector.

[1] Approximately 1 million extra care workers are needed in England by 2025 to meet expected demand as well as the continuing unmet need (extrapolated from Skills for Care projections under a “maximising choices” scenario and measures of unmet need based on the Health Survey for England).However, the number of people of working age is expected to increase by just 2.5 million over this period (ONS 2012 Principal Population Projections for England). To fill the labour supply gap would therefore require a large proportion (40%) of those joining the working age population to enter the care workforce. Currently however, the number of men working in health and social care across the UK equates to just 4.2% of the working age male population. For women this figure is higher at 15.5% (ONS all in employment by industry sector and ONS 2012 population estimates). Assuming gender specific rates of employment in the care sector continue for those who reach working age, and there is no increase in the numbers of older workers joining the care sector, England could face a shortfall of 718,000 care workers by 2025

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