Schemes to encourage growth in the health and social care sector have been launched by Essex County Council (ECC).
The Nightingale social care bursary and Nursing apprenticeship schemes will see £1.1m funding allocated to supporting training opportunities and qualifications in the care profession across Essex – including the Epping Forest district.
Nightingale social care bursary
The social care bursary enables people from the most deprived communities to achieve social care qualifications, or supports existing care workers to achieve further qualifications.
Nursing apprenticeship scheme
The nursing apprenticeship, supports adult social care workers to become registered nurses working in the social care sector.
Develop skills and gain qualifications
ECC Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Cllr John Spence said:
Not only are we celebrating the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, this year also marks 50 years since Adult Social Care became part of the Local Authority.
The nursing apprenticeship will enable us to grow nurses from within social care rather than recruit from the NHS, thereby increasing the number of nurses within our county overall.
Both schemes are enabling us to reach out to those who might never have had such an opportunity and help them develop skills and gain qualifications. The schemes also allow us to be inclusive and grow numbers and expertise within the health and social care sectors for the benefit of our residents. We have been pleased to share our proposals with the NHS and receive their support.
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