Powys’s Health & Care Academy was established in 2021, its purpose to contribute to a Wales-wide response to increase local access to education, training and development across the health and social care sector, specifically focused on the workforce in Powys.
Through the Academy’s School of Professional and Clinical Education and Training, the Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship programme has been successful in supporting the growth of the workforce across Powys, offered local training, and has opened opportunities to work with wider education providers.
The Academy has supported local people wishing to take the first steps into a career in health care allowing apprentices the opportunities to gain clinical skills expertise whilst studying alongside experienced multi-disciplinary teams and health care professionals, ensuring that they are trained to deliver the highest standards of care to patients.
The Health Care Support Worker apprenticeship programme has achieved a 100% success rate with all participants achieving a Level 2 qualification in Clinical Health Care Support and securing substantive Health Care Support Worker roles.
These newly qualified Health Care Support Workers are being encouraged by the academy to continue with their professional development by following pathways onto higher levels of Health Care and having the opportunity to embark onto the flexible routes into nursing programmes.
The HCSW programme continues to grow with the recruitment process shortly to commence for a new intake of apprentices to start in the Autumn of 2022. This will support the ethos of “growing our own” to develop a highly skilled and motivated workforce across Powys.