Specialist dementia care company Vida Healthcare has opened a new training centre in Harrogate amid moves to attract new workers into the industry.
The 2,500sqft Vida Healthcare Academy has been launched to support the career progression of people working in social care, following expansion within its training department to seven members of staff. The department invests in staff by promoting lifelong learning, to provide opportunities for career progression and establish staff as dementia ambassadors.
Since 2019, Vida Healthcare has grown from 250 to 600 staff members, all of whom have carried out training and development programmes with Vida Academy since its inception. The academy offers courses including induction programmes for new starters, to specialist training courses and apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 6. The training department also hosts a dedicated app which was developed in-house to provide regular updates on news, training courses and opportunities.
The new building, based in Starbeck, will also support the care home operator in attracting new talent at a time when recruitment has been dwindling, with the number of filled posts within the adult social care sector decreasing by around 3% between 2021 and 2022 – the only annual drop since records began in 2012.
James Rycroft, managing director at Vida Healthcare, said: “We’re always on the lookout for new ways that we can invest in our staff, and people interested in a career in social care, and provide them with career development opportunities. Our team is our greatest asset and the new centre will ensure we can provide significant professional growth and development opportunities throughout their time with us. This will also ensure we can continue to provide residents with the highest quality of compassionate care.”
Vida Academy was first launched in 2021 to create a sustainable, specialist dementia care workforce that offers distinct career paths for staff. A range of programmes and initiatives are available to staff, including a mentorship programme to support new starters, house managers development programme, student placements, and a reinvigorated Care Certificate offer.
The Vida Healthcare Academy is based on the High Street in Starbeck, Harrogate, and the next recruitment open day is taking place on Thursday, October 5.
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