A new team providing vital help to aid scores of elderly Staffordshire residents to live comfortably in their own homes is being trained by Stoke on Trent College.
Allied Healthcare has been awarded a contract to provide more than 8,000 hours of home care a week to people living in the Mid Staffordshire area.
And the international care provider has turned to Stoke on Trent College to provide on the job training for 50 members of staff.
The 50 care workers are being trained as part of a pilot project between the college and the company, which, if successful could grow into a major nationwide training scheme.
Robert Brady, Head of Training and Development for Allied Healthcare said: “We were looking for a partner in the region that is large enough to meet our needs, could provide the quality of training we required and could deliver it through a standard model to individual branches. Stoke on Trent College fits the bill.”
“If the pilot is a success we would look to expand the training regionally to all of our branches and further down the line there is the potential to go national.”
The new service covers home care in Stafford borough, Cannock Chase and South Staffordshire.
The three year contract is being managed from Allied Healthcare’s head office in Stone and will result in the creation of over 300 office and home care jobs.
College Recruitment Manager, Lisa Davies, said: “Teaming up with such a high profile company is a significant win for the college and demonstrates our ability to provide on the job training to companies at the highest level.”
The Allied Healthcare contract is the latest success for Stoke on Trent College’s Recruitment Service which recently worked with JCB to recruit and train new welders and helped Premier Inn to find staff for its new Rugeley hotel which opened in Spring 2011.