Leeds recruits help to provide care

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Eight health and social care apprentices have been hired in the city, as part of a new scheme.

Health trusts, clinical commissioning groups, Leeds City Council, Barnsley College and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice have teamed up to offer on-the-job health and care training to budding support workers.

The apprentices will work as part of a team to provide personal care and rehabilitation support. They will also have the opportunity to undertake a level two diploma in health and social care or clinical support.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, welcomed the new recruits at a launch event for employers, apprentices and health and care partners.

She said: “This project will develop a flexible workforce of the future who can provide care that focuses on people’s needs, drawing on the best practice.

“Earlier this year the council signed up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter and this is further evidence of our commitment to building a skilled workforce in the city even though we face such tough financial challenges.

“We know good care provision is more likely with good training and appropriate terms and conditions for staff, so as we aim for Leeds to be a healthy and compassionate city for all ages, this is a positive step to getting people into work.”

Kelly Dilucia is one apprentice taking part in the scheme. She said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can learn and how I can develop my skills over the coming year.”

The new recruits are expected to be offered permanent roles as health and social care support workers when they complete the apprenticeship.