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Great turnout at Hoople/ACT forum

Friday 24 February 2017 10.18am

Hoople recently welcomed around 30 guests from the health and social care sector to its Training Centre in Hereford for a Health and Social Care Forum, organised jointly by Hoople Training and Education and ACT (Association for Care Training).

The forum was organised to raise awareness of the significant changes affecting the way apprenticeships will be funded and run from April 2017. It was also an opportunity to let attendees know about the funding that is available to support development in the sector.

Clair Rogers, ACT, and Dawn Haymonds, Hoople Training and EducationClair Rogers, Project Officer at ACT, kicked off the Forum with details of its Workforce Development Funding Programme. Attendees were encouraged to register with the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) which will grant them access to the West Midlands Learning Portal.

Dawn Haymonds, Business and Customer Service Lead at Hoople, then outlined details of Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), a multi-million pound scheme benefiting small and medium sized enterprises (SME) with fewer than 250 employees. The project will run until July 2018, and is fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency, which means training is free to businesses that are eligible for support 

Finally, Dawn outlined details of the way that apprenticeships are changing for both Levy paying and non-Levy paying customers. In particular, she highlighted the move away from apprenticeship frameworks to standards and the implications of the Government's new end point assessments. Dawn also highlighted the 10% financial contribution that non-Levy paying employers will have to make towards their apprentice's training costs from April 2017. Clair was keen to point out, however, that many health and social care employers would be eligible for funding through ACT to offset these additional costs. 

Further information about the changes to apprenticeships and the funding available can be obtained by emailing