An online programme has been launched to help people in Lancashire who are seeking a rewarding career in the health and social care sector.
The online hub has been launched by Lancashire Adult Learning (LAL) in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions.
The programme replicates as accurately as possible Lancashire Adult Learning’s courses that would normally be run from the bespoke Health and Social Care Hub at its Northlight home in Brierfield.
As well as the Certificate in Health and Social Care at Level 1, additional qualifications undertaken during the programme includes Protection and Safeguarding, Dementia, Mental Health Awareness and Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare settings.
Learners completing the initial five-week programme will then have the opportunity to complete further qualifications to advance their learning and knowledge, and those include Equality and Diversity, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Introduction to Learning Disabilities, Introduction to Autism Spectrum Condition, and Food Safety in Catering.
‘I’m delighted that the LAL team has adapted quickly to provide this innovative virtual learning experience while we cannot currently use our wonderful purpose-built Health and Social Care Hub at our home at Northlight in Brierfield,’ said LAL’s head of curriculum and strategic partnerships, Nicola Hall.
‘We’ve been completely blown away by the demand for our courses, with hundreds of enquirers all wishing to earn valued qualifications to gain meaningful employment in a sector that is incredibly worthwhile.
‘Together with the support from our valued partners at DWP, our Hub at Home will progress people into employment in health and social care, and they can begin making a positive difference to the lives of others.’
Cathy Ross, employer advisor manager at the Department for Work and Pensions in Lancashire, said: ‘It has been great to collaborate with Lancashire Adult Learning to develop a pathway into Health and Social work opportunities for our customers.
‘We’ve had to deliver training differently in light of current restrictions, and together we have developed a virtual package that includes the skills and knowledge our employers need.
‘I’m thrilled that the first cohort will start this week and I look forward to supporting our customers into work.’
More information on the Health and Social Care Hub can be found on the Lancashire Adult Learning website here: www.lal.ac.uk/health-and-social-care-hub/
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