In an exciting new partnership between Coleg Menai and Isle of Anglesey County Council, Health and Social care students have recently undertaken work experience with Local Authority staff in a variety of Social Care settings.
The new ‘Steps to Care’ programme will see Health and Social Care students at Coleg Menai shadow Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Social Services staff. Students are given the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice, observe professional practice and gain experience in a real-life care setting.
Seven placements were offered exclusively to Coleg Menai’s students who had to apply via the recruitment process to develop their employability skills as part of the project. Each student was assigned their own placement setting mentor, provided with support resources and an exclusive uniform.
Catherine Smith, Health and Care Programme Area Manager at Coleg Menai, said: “We are really excited to work alongside Isle of Anglesey County Council to ensure that local young people are provided with the best possible future prospects in the Health and Social care industry. What is particularly exciting and unique about this project is that participation enables the learners to be fast tracked into relief positions which both supports their development and the staffing demands of the local sector. We are really excited to further develop and expand on this programme with the council.”
Fôn Roberts, Director of Social Services said: “Having the students of Coleg Menai joining the Social Care sector here on Ynys Môn is an amazing opportunity for the students to experience first-hand what working in such an important sector is like. The students are supported during the placements by our staff and ultimately, we would like to see some students working in the sector and making a career for themselves in Social Care. This is a unique partnership with Coleg Menai and will hopefully allow us to consider other work placements opportunities in the future.”
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