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Manchester to offer free training for social care sector

Three million pounds worth of funding has been awarded to Acorn Training by Greater Manchester Combined Authority to deliver important training.

The funded programme will help to plug the skill gaps in health and social care sector.

More than 2,600 health and social care workers will benefit from the fully funded training, allowing them to improve skills and progress within the sector.

Technical training and leadership and management skills will be a key focus as well as aiming to recruit more practice assessors and higher-level apprenticeships.

It is estimated that there are over 100,000 social care job vacancies across the UK, which has increased by 2.8 per cent since the previous year.

Cllr Andrew Western, Greater Manchester’s lead for Digital, Work and Skills said: "Investing in skills development and training in our workforce helps ensure staff are properly supported and employers have the staff they need. That is why today’s announcement is an exciting development for our vital health and social care sector.

"Following engagement with the wider health and social care industry, the prospect of increased retirements in the coming years has led to concerns of skills gaps in the workforce.

“By bringing Acorn Training on board, we want to prepare the existing workforce for change and give them the learning they need to move up the career ladder, helping them to reach their ambitions and achieve their goals.”

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