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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19922: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports routes to graduate employment in the social care sector.

Answered by: Maree Todd 3 December 2018

There are a number of ways in which the Scottish Government supports routes to graduate employment in the social care sector.

The Scottish Government funds the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which, as well as being the Regulator, also has responsibility for the regulation of education and training for the social services workforce.

The SSSC supports the BA Childhood Practice and the Practice Development Award qualification for managers and lead practitioners in day care of children services.

A partnership of the SSSC, Skills Development Scotland, employers and the Scottish Government are piloting a Graduate Apprenticeship in Early Education and Childcare from late 2018, to be delivered by the University of the Highlands and Islands and the University of the West of Scotland.

The Scottish Government makes funds available each year for bursaries to assist graduates undertaking approved post-graduate social work qualifying programmes. The bursaries are administered by the SSSC.

Part 2 of the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan co-published with COSLA in December 2017 covers the social care workforce and includes recommendations that seek to enhance career pathways and workforce development.