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Health and Care Sector Work Academy, based at City College Peterborough, now open to students from South Holland


By Spalding Reporter


A new £5.2million health and care course is being opened up to students from the South Holland area.

The Health and Care Sector Work Academy, based at City College Peterborough, is looking for people outside of the city and Cambridgeshire to sign up for the course.

Anyone from South Holland aged 18 and above and who is interested in a career in the health and care industry is welcome to apply for a place on the course, which is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions.

Banner of the Academy (12059214)
Banner of the Academy (12059214)

Rhys Bean, of City College Peterborough, said “The reason for us delivering the academy outside of Peterborough for the first time is because we have recognised that residents from towns just outside of the city and Cambridgeshire are keen to get into the sector and willing to travel for work opportunities.

“So in order to make our courses even more accessible we have opened up the intake to other areas.”

The course is an opportunity for students to gain the ‘Preparing to work in Adult Social Care’ qualification offered by the Skills for Care Organisation, based in Leeds.

As well as this, and learning the ‘Basic theory behind the Care Certificate’ qualification, the course also offers CV support, interview tips and techniques, and help with job applications by mentors at City College.

Students will also benefit from one-to-one appointments through the course, as well as up to four months afterwards.

Finally, the course gives learners the opportunity to be involved in mock interviews, as well as to meet employers to learn about various roles in the sector and if there are any jobs available.

The academy assures students that it will financially support them with childcare, transport and adult carer costs.

Students graduating from the pilot programme run by the Health and Care Sector Academy, City College Peterborough, in September 2018, with the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer (left), and Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich (back right).Photo supplied.
Students graduating from the pilot programme run by the Health and Care Sector Academy, City College Peterborough, in September 2018, with the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer (left), and Peterborough City Council leader John Holdich (back right).Photo supplied.

The first students to study the course graduated in the autumn of 2018 at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer.

Pat Carrington, principal of City College Peterborough, said: "I am delighted with the progress of the pilot, especially seeing people being offered firm and secure long-term employment as a result of the course.

"We are delighted with the results we are seeing and the opportunities this programme has created."



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