Potential funding increase for Senior Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeships

FE week has published news of the likely funding increase for the above Apprenticeships Standard

I am surprised to see this “in print” so soon – I am part of the Trailblazer group that submitted evidence for this funding review and we were made aware that this increase was a recommendation but advised to hold off sharing the information until confirmation had been received. As it is in FE Week, I am sharing their article.

If this funding increase is happening then it is great news for us all. The Level 3 Senior HCSW standard was funded at £3000; the same funding band as the Level 2 and many thousands lower than that for a hairdresser or butcher – none of that seemed to make sense, nor was it a true reflection of the level of training and support required to develop our Senior HCSW’s who may well want to progress via Apprenticeships into Nursing in time.

The level of work led by Kay Fawcett and Jane Hadfield (mentioned in the article) to make a case for an increase has been significant so let us hope that this article is accurate and celebrate the increased amount of teaching and learning an increase can fund.

I will find out what happens to current Apprentices whose funding was agreed under the lower band and post on this later. If you are negotiating new starts with a provider, do make sure to ask how much EXTRA teaching, learning and support can be provided given the increase in funding.

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Written by

Sally Garbett


1, August 2018


About the Author

Sally Garbett

Sally Garbett

Education and Apprenticeship associate, St Christopher's Hospice

Sally Garbett is the Apprenticeship lead and Vocational Programmes Manager at St Christopher’s where her role is to manage and develop apprenticeships and the vocational education and qualifications offered to external and internal staff. Sally has been involved in Apprenticeships since 1995 and most recently in the development of the healthcare standards, including the Nursing Associate role. Prior to working for St Christopher’s Sally was a freelance consultant and has over twenty five years' experience in qualification development, regulatory activities and delivery. She is also a licensed and qualified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to develop teams and individuals.

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