The SSSC has welcomed the announcement by Skills Development Scotland of increased funding for social service apprenticeships for 2019-20.
This is good news for organisations who already employ, or are thinking about employing, apprentices.
There has been a considerable increase in funding for the social services and healthcare apprenticeship frameworks in the 20-24-year-olds age range. The 25+ age range will have funding for the social services and healthcare SCQF level 6 framework from April 2019.
The increased funding is in response to sector demand and reflects demographic changes in the social service workforce, which is growing to meet increased demand for services, more workers needing to register with the SSSC and apprenticeships opening up to people of different ages.
Lorraine Gray, SSSC Chief Executive, said:
‘Apprenticeships play a key role in developing the social service workforce and allow workers to earn as they learn.
‘Funding for social service and healthcare apprenticeships has almost doubled which will hopefully allow and encourage more employers to take on apprentices.’
Ann McSorley, Qualifications and Standards Manager, SSSC, said:
‘This is a great development for the sector and will be welcomed by employers.’
Boost for employers paying apprenticeship levy
Organisations who pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to fund qualifications required for SSSC registration through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), the Scottish Funding Council has confirmed.
The FWDF is available to support workers to gain the qualification they need to meet the qualification requirements for SSSC registration; it cannot be used to pay for registration fees.
Levy-paying organisations can apply for up to £15,000 and organisations interested in accessing this fund should contact their local Further Education College.