In­vest­ment in car­ers

Train­ing scheme wel­comed

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Liz Ley­don

A n ew So u t h La­nark­shire Coun­cil ini­tia­tive to train 50 so­cial care and 50 early years stu­dents has been wel­comed.

The £2mil­lion scheme was in­tro­duced in the re­cent bud­get with the lo­cal author­ity promis­ing: “As stu­dents move onto em­ploy­ment, a fur­ther in­take of stu­dent s can be con­sid­ered and, when re­cruit­ing stu­dents, links will be made to em­ploy­a­bil­ity pro­grammes to en­sure that dis­ad­van­taged, care ex­pe­ri­enced and looked af­ter chil­dren are sup­ported and tar­geted to at­tract ap­pli­ca­tions f rom dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties through fur­ther sup­port and as­sis­tance.”

Ruther­glen Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Robert Brown wel­comed the ini­tia­tive but stressed that it was im­por­tant to en­sure that the stu­dents come from acro s s South La­nark­shire, in­clud­ing Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

He said: “This is a great scheme and will help to make sure that there is a sup­ply of trained staff avail­able to sup­port both the ex­pan­sion in early years’ care and the needs of older peo­ple cared for in the com­mu­nity.

“The stu­dents will be largely in the age group of 16-19, so I want to see strong links with our three lo­cal sec­ondary schools – Cathkin, Stonelaw and Trin­ity – so that there is a ca­reer path for young peo­ple in­ter­ested in this work.”

He added: “The stu­dents will get both prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions in so­cial ser­vices and health care or in child­care.

“They will be placed ei­ther with the coun­cil or with so­cial care or child­care part­ners and will be on an ini­tial two-year con­tract.

“I be­lieve the scheme will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion both to ca­reer prospects and to high qual­ity care staff num­bers in the lo­cal area.

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