College partners with council to offer ‘great care, great careers’

14th March 2022

Solihull College & University Centre’s Health & Social Care department has partnered with Solihull Council to support their Workforce Strategy.

The Council is displaying its dedication to developing the College’s Health & Social Care students’ careers and putting them at the heart of the new strategy.

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, described the adult social care workforce as the ‘backbone of the care sector’ and explained: “Ensuring there are appropriate numbers of staff with the skills and compassion to support and care for Solihull residents is crucial to the work we do. We are proud of our social care workforce in Solihull and recognise the importance of ensuring that every worker feels valued and supported. We want care work to be seen as a worthwhile and rewarding career, in which people of all ages and backgrounds can develop and progress. That’s why we’ve called this strategy ‘great care, great careers’.”

Councillor and two students standing in front of campus building
Councillor Tony Dicicco with the College's Health & Social Care students

The College’s Health & Social Care courses are a great route towards careers in nursing, social care, social work or other health-related professions. During their studies, students can gain additional qualifications to enhance their skillset, and are offered a range of work placement opportunities with nursing homes, day centres, nurseries and schools, opening the door to full-time employment at the end of their course.

Placement Co-ordinator for Care and Education, Shamira Bolia comments: “This partnership with Solihull Council is a fantastic opportunity for our students and their career progression. We look forward to being a part of and supporting the council in implementing this important strategy.”

The new Workforce Strategy is available to read on the Council website.

Find out more about the College’s Health & Social Care courses: Health & Social Care