A PIONEERING education programme to train young people in support work is launching in Stone today.
Seventeen 16 to 18-year-olds will join the Support Worker Apprenticeship Academy, developed by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership.
It comes in the wake of government plans to establish a review to study the role of healthcare assistants and announced a universal training system.
In partnership with Stafford College, the academy offers a community placement training and qualifications over a 12 month period.
Stuart Poynor, Partnership Trust chief executive, said: “As a result of the Francis Inquiry into care at Mid Staffordshire Hospital, the lack of training and support for healthcare support workers was highlighted. We will be developing our own staff in their first NHS role ensuring apprentices have the right attributes for delivering excellent care.”