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Students at The Academy Grimsby (TAG) have been given an insight into working in the healthcare sector thanks to a partnership with a local care provider.

TAG has teamed up with the Care Plus Group to offer students the opportunity to learn more about roles in the care sector and carry out work experience placements. It’s part of TAG’s focused training pathway, aimed at greatly enhancing young people’s career prospects.

Following its launch in September 2014, TAG offers a route to Further and Higher Education or employment for young people aged 14-16 years in North East Lincolnshire. This exciting new venture invites young people interested in gaining skills and qualifications in the Engineering and Care sectors to receive specialised training alongside traditional GCSE qualifications.

Headteacher Paul Thundercliffe commented: “The Care Plus Group is a big employer in the town and we are delighted with the impact they’ve had. We held our first work experience sessions in late June and they were a huge success. Our students were able to sample a real care setting and we received positive feedback. We are hoping we can develop our partnerships with the Care Plus Group for the next academic year.”

Student Demi Meek, 15, who was one of the 14 students that took part, said: “The work experience was held over a week and, in that time, we took part in group classroom sessions with staff from the Care Plus Group, as well as visiting care homes in the area. We got a real insight into what a career in care would be like. We met residents, gave them tasks to help with their memory and served them dinner. I found the placement really useful and it has inspired me to do some voluntary work in the care sector over the summer.”

Lance Gardner, CEO of the Care Plus Group, commented: “Caring, leisure and other services are the fastest growing sector of work – expected to represent 23% of the job market by 2022. An ageing population means jobs in the health and social care sector can only increase in number, so it’s great that TAG is dedicated to creating this pathway for people as young as 14. As a social business that provides adult health and social care services to people across North East Lincolnshire, the Care Plus Group is delighted to support TAG and work in partnership to offer work experience to its learners.”

From September 2015 The Academy Grimsby will be increasing its provision as they introduce a new pathway, Creative, Digital & Games, covering careers in everything from games design and production to video, film, photography, design and journalism.

The Academy Grimsby is located on Westward Ho in Grimsby and offers a small, personalised learning environment with work-based facilities and the latest equipment, including clinical skills rooms and engineering workshops and labs. It sees learners work with specialist teachers on gaining Level 2 qualifications in Care or Engineering alongside National Curriculum GCSE qualifications including Maths, English, Science and Citizenship.