Two apprentices are starting at a care home in Kings Heath this week after it launched an apprenticeship scheme to mark Care Home Open Day.

Kayleigh Salt and Nicola Sargent are the first apprentices to join Tandy Court in Tandy Drive.

Anchor has chosen to launch the scheme at Tandy Court because staff there have continued to provide top quality care.

The home has been rated as good by regulator The Care Quality Commission. It also scored highly in the Your Care Rating survey where residents at the home filled in a questionnaire as part of a national survey, run by Ipsos MORI, of 21,000 care home residents from more than 1,000 homes across the country.

The residents living at the home scored Tandy Court highly in the following categories in the Your Care Rating survey: the home is safe and secure, and staff understand residents as individuals, treating them with kindness, dignity and respect.

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]
Nicola, 17, whose first experience of caring was when she helped her blind nan with shopping and cleaning, 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.”

Kayleigh and Nicola were at a special ceremony in London with Anchor’s Head of Training Anita Cunningham on 19 June where they received one day’s induction.

Tandy Court Manager Charmah Gauntlett said she was thrilled to have been chosen to pilot the apprenticeship scheme.

She said: “As Anchor, which runs Tandy Court, 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 Kayleigh and Nicola.

“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 www.anchor.org.uk/careers or phone Charmah Gauntlett, Manager of Tandy Court, on 0121 430 8366.

[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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