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People urged to sign up to social care training and a potential new career

Wiltshire Council is encouraging people who may have time to spare or thinking of a new career in social care to join a government scheme that will support care provision across the county.

Published 24 February 2021
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Wiltshire Council is encouraging people who may have time to spare or thinking of a new career in social care to join a government scheme that will support care provision across the county.

The council has been provided with government funding and £811, 000 has been given to care providers to help them employ additional help where needed. 

People who are interested could already have a background in care, or can complete the short training provided by Wiltshire Council. People are being encouraged to sign up to the government scheme at GOV.UK: Short-term paid work in adult social care.

Once signed up, following relevant DBS and safeguarding checks, there will be a short period of training and then care providers will be able to recruit individuals based on their individual staffing requirements.

The scheme will be in place until the end of March, but there may be opportunities for care providers to continue employing staff where needed after that date. 
This funding must be used to deliver measures that result in additional staffing capacity for adult social care to:

  • support providers to maintain the provision of safe care
  • support providers to restrict the movement of staff between care homes and other care settings
  • support timely and safe discharge from hospital into care settings
  • enable new admissions from the community into care services

Cllr Simon Jacobs, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: "People who sign up to complete this short training and registration will be helping to provide much-needed support. 

"It also provides an excellent opportunity for those people who may be considering a different career to venture into social care and have some training behind them. People should sign up now and we will be ready to support and provide the training so they can take those first steps to making a difference while broadening their own potential for the future."

You can find out more at GOV.UK: Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care.
 

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Published 24 February 2021