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Westminster Kingsway College launches Health and Social Care Career College

Monday 23 October 2017

Westminster Kingsway College has launched a new Health and Social Care Career College in partnership with the Career Colleges Trust.

 

This partnership will offer employer-led education and training to 14-19-year-olds who are interested in pursuing a career in health and social care. Direct links to employers and unique work-based opportunities will ensure that students are equipped with skills that employers urgently need. Businesses and not-for-profit organisations attended today’s launch event, including Age UK, Royal Society for Public Health, and Digital Health & Care Alliance.

One in six of all vacancies advertised across the UK are in human health and social care, so there is high demand for skilled workers in this sector.  According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, 118,000 vacancies were advertised in health and social care in the three months from June to August alone.

Mark Hilton, Vice-Principal at Westminster Kingsway College, said:

‘We’re excited to launch this Health and Social Care Career College to help redress the skills shortage within the sector. There will be a focus on developing the expertise needed to ensure students are well-prepared to pursue exciting careers. The career college is being supported by businesses which will be involved in developing the curriculum, and will provide students with employment opportunities and work placements.’

Speaking at the event, Chair of the Career Colleges Trust, Roger Dawe, said:

‘Every student who is here today is in an extremely exciting position as they will be entering an industry with hundreds of job opportunities on offer.

‘By offering employer-led education, Career Colleges give young people a head start in their careers. And I have no doubt that this newest Career College here at Westminster Kingsway College will be a huge success – both for employers needing talent and for students striving for their dream jobs.’

Tammy Palmer, Head of People Development & Engagement at Age UK, said:

‘This is a really exciting opportunity to encourage young people to explore a career path and a sector they may have discounted or been unaware of. The breadth of roles available and the development opportunities within the sector are huge, we look forward to welcoming a diverse new generation of employees who are committed and passionate about making a difference  within our society.’

Charles Lowe, Managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance, said:

‘Digital health is at an extremely important point, as it transitions from being the channel to access health and care services to actually providing those services. There can be no better time for students to engage with this technology, which will totally transform health and care services in the UK and beyond.’

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Aaron Mansfield, Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Manager at Royal Society for Public Health, said:

‘The Royal Society for Public Health is delighted to be supporting the launch of the new Health and Social Care Career College at Westminster Kingsway. This concept is a brilliant way to enable young people to become aware of the full range of careers available with the health, social care and public health sectors and to gain the practical, real-life skills and confidence which employers are looking for.’

Westminster Kingsway College launched its first Career College in September 2017. The Digital and Creative Arts Career College will help address the growing skills shortages in the expanding digital industry.

These are among 20 Career Colleges that will open across the country by the end of 2017, specialising in six growth industries: digital, engineering, hospitality, healthcare, construction and professional services. Career Colleges were launched by Lord Baker in 2013 to help address the widening skills gaps within these key industries, ensuring that employers have access to the skilled workforces they require now and in the future.

For more information about Westminster Kingsway College visit www.westking.ac.uk.

For more information about Career Colleges visit: www.careercolleges.org.uk

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