The Grimsby Institute Group recently hosted an ‘Investing in Care’ event at University Centre Grimsby aimed at bringing together the wider care community to discuss recent government policy and legislation changes and how this will affect our region.
A keynote speech was given by Lance Gardner, Chief Executive of the Care Plus Group, who is passionate about growing and retaining skills in our area and is currently working in partnership with the Grimsby Institute Group to provide a unique ‘care’ learning package that allows people from our area to engage at every level of this sector.
Other speakers include Caroline Barley, from the North East Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Social Care department, and Michelle Swithenbank, Interim Vice Principal Curriculum for the Grimsby Institute Group, who both shared their thoughts on the issues facing the care sector and how collaboration between a learner provider, the local authority and the health sector can meet the forthcoming challenges.
Michelle said: “The purpose of the event was to show what passionate, bespoke and cutting edge training the Grimsby Institute can provide employers and the local community. We also invited along the Care Plus Group and other providers we are collaborating closely with to show how our extensive offer can work for the sector.
“It’s fundamental that we maintain these relationships because not only are we training the current workforce we are also training the young people who are the future of the sector. For the employers to have a say in shaping our offer is vital in making these relationships work because they are not only interviewing the young people at the end of their training, they are now helping shape that training.
“We have also announced that we are currently in the embryonic planning stages regarding a possible nursing school for the future, pending meeting certain due diligence. As we have seen today, the response to that news has been incredibly positive. A local Nursing School in our region would mean so much because it’s important that we keep the talented professionals local and not lose them to other areas.”