Social care receives a multi-million boost under the Nightingale scheme

 Social care receives a multi-million boost under the Nightingale scheme

Nearly £2 million pounds is being invested to give people across Essex the opportunity to work in social care.

Under the aims of Everyone’s Essex, where no one is left behind and everyone has the same opportunities, even more people can now access the Nightingale Care Bursary (NCB) to join one of the most noble of professions.

The bursary was launched in 2020 and has so far supported 170 people to gain access to training and qualifications.

The County Council is investing an additional £1.8m to help hundreds more candidates access the bursary across the next three years.

The NCB aims to support people from the most deprived communities in Essex to achieve social care qualifications or support existing care workers to achieve further qualifications. It aims to reach those in areas where they may not otherwise have such an opportunity or, if they do, may not have the confidence to take it up.

In addition to career entry, there is also support available for those who wish to progress to higher-level grades through programmes delivered by Adult Community Learning.

The next phase of the bursary will begin in September 2022 and will run until August 2025.

Last updated 10 August 2022