European funding is key to training scheme’s success

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Qualification attainment for care home staff is becoming such an issue nationally that training projects, when offered, are quickly becoming oversubscribed. An example is a project now under way in Bolton, run under the supervision of the Independent Care Organisation (ICO), a not-for-profit independent company specialising in setting up educational and training projects. In an interview with Caring Times, ICO chairman John Gilliland said the Bolton project was oversubscribed as soon as it was set up. “They were biting our hand off in Bolton,” Mr Gilliland said. “We have 150 people going through the courses.” Mr Gilliland cites the government target for improving qualifaction levels in care homes as being the spur for the interest. At present, 80 per cent of care home staff are unqualified, and the Government has set a target for a 50 per cent figure by 2005. One of the ways this is being achieved is through European and government funded projects helping staff to gain NVQ qualifications. The Bolton course wa

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