219 jobs created in Stoke on Trent for care workers

Jobseekers in Stoke on Trent have received a colossal boost following news of a £1.4 million cash injection for social care training in the area.

Acacia Destiny, the non profit-making arm of the Acacia Group, one of the UK’s leading training providers, won the contract to deliver part of the Government’s Future Jobs Fund programme recently.

The scheme, delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with the department for Communities and Local Government and Jobcentre Plus, will run from January 2010 to March 2011.

Anne Littleton, managing director for the company said, ‘Clearly it is fantastic news that we have been awarded the contract, it’s testament to the thorough work that our staff and training departments do to constantly improve the services that we provide. However, it is vital that we continue to improve standards of social care for the wellbeing of those that rely on us. This new scheme will do just that which is even more gratifying from our perspective.’

Aimed at 18 – 24 year olds who have been unemployed and claiming jobseekers allowance for at least six months (in some cases people aged 25 with similar circumstances will be considered), participants will gain an NVQ level 2 in health and social care.

In addition they will automatically qualify for the newly launched Acacia Academy which guarantees a six-month position in paid employment.

Paul Hellyer, spokesperson for the DWP, commented, ‘Acacia demonstrated it was able to deliver a high quality of training in an efficient manner. Its experience in dealing in the sector is valuable and it is certainly a gain for Staffordshire to have this type of expertise on the doorstep.’

Anyone interested in participating in the Future Jobs Fund scheme should get in touch with their local Job Centre.