Health and social care

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Age UK Training specialises in providing tailored training for the health and social care sector.

Our health and social care training programmes and short courses offer progression routes through to national qualifications. Participants in our training programmes can gain nationally recognised qualifications (Diplomas) at level 2, level 3 and level 4, and functional skills awards at level 1 and level 2.

Induction programmes and short courses for care workers

Age UK Training’s health and social care training includes care induction training programmes for all workers in the sector: the domiciliary care workers induction programme for workers entering domiciliary care settings, and residential care workers induction programme for workers entering residential care settings.

We also enable participants to gain health and social care skills and qualifications through our range of short courses for all care workers, which we can deliver as in-house training in the workplace, at open venues across the UK, at selected residential venues in England, or at a flexible training venue convenient to the participants.

Apprenticeships and vocational skills

Our health and social care training includes apprenticeships and vocational skills training for the sector, which we deliver from our training centres in England. Many of our programmes have government funding available for eligible participants.

Participants can gain national vocational Diplomas in health and social care through apprenticeships, which we deliver from our training centres.

We also enable participants to gain health and social care skills and qualifications through Learndirect.

Information about apprenticeships and vocational skills

Training centres

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