Social Care Academy launched at Weymouth College
Caring Times, December 2016
South coast care provider Agincare and Weymouth College have launched a new training initiative – The Agincare Health and Social Care Academy.
Both the college and Agincare believe that a strong partnership between business and education is a key way forward in developing the very best career opportunities and the two organisations will work in partnership to offer a wide range of clear pathways for a rewarding long-term career in care.
Agincare group chief executive Raina Summerson said she hoped the academy would raise the profile of the sector and attract more people into studying and working in social care.
“As examples from job roles across our services show, social care is an immensely rewarding sector in which numerous and diverse career pathways can be pursued,” said Ms Summerson.
“Weymouth College’s Health and Social Care course is outstanding and we are confident that through our partnership we can enhance and enrich that course still further, offering real life business experience and vital employability skills. We hope to showcase for teachers, students and families both the key issues in the sector and the wonderful career options available. These cover not only direct care related and frontline roles, but various management positions and business administration, hospitality and catering.”
One student who has seen first-hand the importance of business and education working together to offer support and training is Agincare business administration apprentice Milli Threadwell:
“I really enjoy working whilst I am learning,” said Milli. “At work I am surrounded by people who know exactly what the business is all about and they are helping me – through their knowledge and experience – to grow and develop skills I could not have so easily learnt if I was purely classroom based.
“I think that companies like Agincare working together with colleges such as Weymouth can really positively help support and develop the learning experience. As a student you really feel you are part of an experienced team from the beginning and that you are being actively trained for a future in a sector offering a great variety of career opportunities.”
Agincare has its head office based in Portland and operates via 50 locations across the country. It is owned by local entrepreneur Derek Luckhurst and employs 3,000 staff across a wide range of social care service provision.
Agincare’s turnover for 2016-17 is forecasted at in excess of £55m and it is Dorset’s leading health and social care employer, with about a third of its business and staff group employed across the county and engagement at central government level in national health and social care issues.