PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE is proud to be working alongside Pembrokeshire County Council who are launching a bespoke apprenticeship programme aimed at boosting the number of people entering the caring profession.

The Council’s Social Services and Housing Directorate is to recruit up to eight apprentices through the programme which will provide young people with job opportunities in a highly rewarding career.

As part of the programme apprentices will undertake two placements over a period of 18 months across Residential Homes, Day Centres, Reablement and the Council’s Community Wellbeing and Independence Team.

Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, Cllr Tessa Hodgson said: “It is great to see the Council taking proactive steps to bring young people into social care with this apprenticeship programme, setting them on the path to a rewarding career that makes such a difference to people in our community.

“An apprenticeship is a great way to get an introduction into a career and to learn and study on the job.”

Alongside the placements, the apprentices will be supported by a development programme including an induction, orientation in the role, being supported by a mentor, undertaking a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care, achieving Social Care Wales registration and undertaking additional development activities including interview skills, communication skills and more.

The aim, at the end of the programme, will be for the apprentices to be work ready for a role within the Community Wellbeing and Independence Team (domiciliary care).

Jason Bennett, the Council’s Head of Adult Care, Social Care and Housing, said: “I am very pleased to see the launch of the Social Care Apprenticeship programme. This presents an exciting opportunity for people to start their journey on a rewarding career in Social Care.

“Starting a career in social care in this way will open up a wide range of future development opportunities, job security, and offers people the chance to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Recruitment will be open until late August with the first cohort due to be in place by mid-October.

Anyone who is interested should contact: Sara.Colwill@pembrokeshire.gov.uk.