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Career opportunities in health and care

In 2017, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) were awarded £5.2 million to run one of the six national innovation pilot projects over the next three years. The pilots all aim to reduce the reliance on benefits and due to there being nearly 14,000 vacancies in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2016, the CPCA’s pilot is focusing on this the Health and Care Sector

The Health and Care Sector Work Academy (HCSWA) is delivered over the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and offers those who are out of work or trapped in low paid jobs the opportunity to achieve a qualification, the basic knowledge of the Care Certificate and mentoring to start a career in the sector. The Academy also is focusing on progressing those already in the sector through offering Level 2 and above qualifications and apprenticeships. The Academy ran its first course in March 2018 and has to date successfully engaged over 330 people who have taken part in the initial information and advice session and many have gone onto the Level 1 qualification courses with 100% achieving their certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care. An amazing 59% of those who have currently completed the training have gone onto gain employment in the sector.

The Academy is an ideal opportunity to learn, earn and care. You could gain a recognized City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care and the basic knowledge of the Care Certificate Standards often required to work in the sector. You will also receive ongoing support from a dedicated mentor and it is all FREE! Check out what the Academy has to offer – if you join a 10- or 15-week Health and Care course you will gain skills to help you get into employment in the Health and Care sector. You will have a dedicated mentor offering up to 4 months support in finding a job including CV workshops, interview practice and face to face time with prospective employers.

Plus, you will also get financial support with travel, childcare or adult care. It will open new career opportunities and further learning opportunities including Maths and English. All of the courses are offered on your doorstep making accessibility easy and will cover travel costs if needed. The groups are quite small too, just 12 people per group, and are flexible to suit your needs. They are designed to suit your lifestyle so can be held in the evening or mornings whichever works best. This course also caters for those who do not want to be in a direct health or care role by including the supporting roles in the sector such as administration, customer service, driving, catering, IT and more. So is it for you? Well, you are eligible if you live in or intend to find a role in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough and are receiving a benefit even if you are already in work including: Universal Credit, JSA, Working Tax Credit, ESA, Child Tax Credit or carers allowance. You can still claim your benefits whilst on the course as Health and Care Work Academy work with the local Job Centres.

● If you would like more information on the Health and Care Work Academy or if you would like to be involved through guest speaking or recruiting and progression opportunities, then please call 0800 310 1160 or email

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