30th March 2018
A new initiative by South Lanarkshire Council will see 50 Social Care and 50 Early Years students trained over the next 2 years. The £2 million scheme was introduced in the Council’s recent Budget and further details have now been given to the Council’s Executive Committee.
Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brownwelcomed the scheme but said it was important to ensure that the students came from right across South Lanarkshire, including Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
“This is a great scheme and will help to make sure 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 the 3 local Secondary Schools – Cathkin, Stonelaw and Trinity – so that there is a career path for young people interested in this work. The scheme must also be attractive and provide ongoing career opportunities so that staff are retained in the area after their training.
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 2 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.”