Investment in carers
Training scheme welcomed
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.