Lib Dems on Cornwall Council have directed part of their ‘apprenticeship levy’ funding to provide apprenticeships for carers.
By supporting local care companies’ training costs, this investment has created nearly 100 more care sector apprenticeships. This supports the wider aims of the Liberal Democrat Group in Cornwall Council to encourage more people into a career in care and increase levels of training skills for people working in Cornwall.
Liberal Democrats at Cornwall Council have already significantly developed the care sector workforce in Cornwall by implementing an above living wage for care workers; paying care workers for travel time and mileage; ensuring care workers have at least five days training a year in working time; and ending 15 minute visits to clients.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Adults, Rob Rotchell said.
“Our health service depends upon the vital work of care workers to provide high quality care to those who need it. A functioning care sector in Cornwall will decrease unnecessary hospital stays and ensure people in Cornwall have high quality care provision when they need it most.
Colin Martin, Liberal Democrat member of the Health and Adult Care Scrutiny Committee said:
"The Conservative Government's apprenticeship scheme is designed to support large organisations, leaving small Cornish businesses out in the cold. I am proud that despite cuts in funding from Government, Cornwall Council is using its apprenticeships budget to support small local businesses, provide training for front-line care workers and ensure that our most vulnerable residents are treated with the care and dignity they deserve.
Joanna Kenny, Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Pentire added:
"This is excellent news. We desperately need to attract young people into the Care industry – and the only way we can do that is to provide them with training and career progression. One problem we have always faced is that’s it easier to work in the seasonal tourism industry. Proper training and a real career path will hopefully attract those many young people who have the vocation to care for others."