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NCF partner projects: apprenticeships 

NCF and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) are working in partnership to improve workforce intelligence and planning across social care. NCF recently assisted CfWI in research on apprenticeships in care settings: more information

This Insight paper is produced by the CfWI, the Institute of Vocational Learning and Workforce Research at Buckinghamshire New University, and the National Care Forum. This paper brings together workforce intelligence into an accessible commentary on growing apprenticeships in adult social care: download the report

The report brings together:

  • a literature review comprising over 40 documents, research articles and other publications
  • an intelligence-gathering exercise involving structured interviews with a sample of 16 adult social care employers, including local authorities and independent providers
  • the NCF annual personnel survey with 29 organisations providing detailed information on apprenticeships.

For more information please contact: 020 7803 2707 or email:

Below are some NCF member comments included in the report:

We encourage staff of all ages to undertake an apprenticeship and seek to enable them to maximise their own potential and develop the skills needed to ensure the quality of care they provide. We work closely with local schools participating in careers events to encourage children to consider social care as a career choice and to see the apprenticeship route as a recognised and valuable qualification. Encouragement is then given to view this as a stepping stone on their career path which can be developed further through advanced apprenticeships.

The Group provide so much more than just homes. We work in local communities to help people access services and training that can make a real difference to their lives - supporting apprentices is a natural progression of this goal

We understand how apprenticeships can help the business by offering a route to harness fresh new talent. Skills shortages and recruitment difficulties are a threat and the apprenticeships can ensure that our workforce has the practical skills and qualifications our organisation needs now and in the future. These skills will increase productivity, improve competitiveness and create a committed and competent workforce

We are currently not running any modern apprenticeships as we took the view that the sector is not stable enough for us to effectively support this. We will be reviewing this decision towards the end of the year.

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