Leonard Cheshire seeks apprentices for carers scheme

The Leonard Cheshire Foundation, service provider for people with disabilities, has launched an apprenticeship scheme to help address the careworkers shortage.

Clare Smith, director of human resources at Leonard Cheshire, said: "This really is an exciting scheme and it's a first for Leonard Cheshire. It means that we will have trained managers for the future and the potential to retain more staff."

The Modern Apprenticeship scheme was launched last week at charity recruitment fair Forum 3 and will accept school leavers regardless of their qualifications.

Apprentices will obtain a professional qualification, along with training in key skills and in employment rights and responsibilities.

Leonard Cheshire provides services for disabled people including care at home, day care and residential homes, and operates in 55 countries.

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