UHI Shetland and Shetland Island Council launch care skills academy

Working in partnership, UHI Shetland and the Shetland Island Council are launching a ten week, fully-funded Health and Social Care Skills Academy.

This course is designed to support people into work in social care in Shetland. In the first half of the course students will learn a wide range of skills from our industry-experienced team on campus, and in the second half of the course, work experience will develop invaluable real-life training and skills. 

Furthermore, after successfully completing this course, you will be eligible for a ‘guaranteed interview’ with the Shetland Island Council for relief social care posts. 

The course has been designed with accessibility in mind, for those looking to return to employment and for those with caring responsibilities.

Susan Menary, Head of Health, Care and Society at UHI Shetland, said: “This course is an excellent pathway for anyone over 16 who is interested in working in health and social care. It combines knowledge and practical skills with hands-on work experience. Successful completion of the course leads to a guaranteed interview for relief social care posts, so it really is a great route to employment! The timing of the course fits in perfectly with school/nursery, so it’s ideal for parents/carers as well.”

Robbie Simpson, Team Leader at Newcraigielea Services, run by Shetland Islands Council, said “This course offers an excellent chance for students to gain practical skills and knowledge of health and social care as a possible career path.   Staff in our care settings across Shetland are really keen to support Care Skills Academy students in our workplaces.   We hope that this course of study, combined with practical care experience, will help students find rewarding future employment in the local care sector.” 

Prospective students can apply by clicking here or to find out more please contact 01595 771000.