Funded training opportunities for health and social care staff

There are funded training opportunities for those employed in the health and social care sector at the Fylde Coast Health & Social Care Career Academy - a partnership of Blackpool & The Fylde College, the NHS and Blackpool Council.

Available are a range of level 2 accredited qualifications that are funded and available to all health and social care staff to support with a sustained workforce, career prospects and opportunities in the sector.


The qualifications are all delivered online, providing easy access and are delivered through live interactive sessions with the course tutor. It's a great opportunity for individuals to gain knowledge and accredited qualifications to support and enhance their career prospects.


The Level 2 courses include:

* Customer Service for Health and Social Care Sector (Award)

* Certificate in Customer Service for Health and Social Care Sector (top up from Award)

* Certificate in Understanding working in the Health Sector

* Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support

* Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding

* Certificate in Safe Handling of Medications

* Certificate in Falls Prevention

* Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

* Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy


> Details of each course with dates and times are included below.


The government are also funding some of the level 3 qualifications which includes the Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care. Staff can also access functional skills in both maths and English.


To book, please contact 01253 504343 or email info@blackpool.ac.uk. Places are booked on a first come first served basis.


Visit the Health and Social Care Career Academy website at https://www.hscacademy.org.uk/courses for further information.


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All qualifications listed are available to adults who were over the age of 19 years on 31st August 2020 with Government funding available, subject to eligibility criteria being met. The courses will be delivered online with live interactive teaching sessions.


Level 2 Qualifications - No entry requirements, previous qualifications or placement needed


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Working in the Health Sector

Fridays 10am – 2.30pm for 12 weeks from 16th April


Level 2 Award in Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings

Tuesdays 10am – 2.30pm for 4 weeks from 5th May


Level 2 Certificate in Customer Service for Health & Social Care Settings (top up from Award)

Tuesdays 10am – 2.30pm for 4 weeks from 9th June


Level 3 Qualifications - Previous qualifications at Level 2 advisable.

Work placement/employment needed for Level 3 Adult Care.

Funding: First Full Level 3 or Advanced Learner Loan


Level 3 Certificate Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

Mondays 10am – 2.30pm for 18 weeks from 1st March


Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Fridays 10am – 2.30pm for 24 weeks from 16th April


Additional Course Opportunities to enhance career development


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Cancer Support

Wednesdays 10am – 1.30pm for 10 weeks from 21st April


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding

Mondays 10am – 1.30pm for 6 weeks from 12th April


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in HSC

Tuesdays 10am – 1.30 pm for 6 weeks from 27th April


Level 2 Certificate in Falls Prevention Awareness

Tuesdays 10am – 1.30pm for 5 weeks from 3rd May


Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care

Wednesdays 9.45am – 12.45pm for 10 weeks from 19th May


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Advocacy

Wednesdays 6pm – 9pm for 10 weeks from 14th April


Functional Skills English and Maths

Employees can apply for functional skills in maths and English. These qualifications can increase your employment opportunities for promotion and career development in health and social care, possibly leading to an increase in earning of up to 10%. The course is delivered online with support from your tutor.


“Functional skills are practical skills in English, mathematics and information and communication technology (ICT) that allow individuals to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.” Department for Education and Skills


If you are interested in functional skills or any of the above courses, please contact 01253 504 343 to book onto the course.

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