Health and Care Sector Work Academy celebrates success!

Eight local learners who took part in the pilot programme run by the Health and Care Sector Academy have now graduated with flying colours, with three moving into full-time employment.  The learners were from a range of backgrounds including those currently employed but looking to start a career in health and care, or were unemployed. The learners were recently presented their certificates by Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, at a ceremony held at Cross Keys Homes’ Lapwing Apartments extra care scheme.

The learners were selected to be part of the pilot which is funded by the Department of Work and Pensions and aims to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in the health and care sector to meet current and future labour demands and reduce the reliance on work-related benefits, giving better security in employment and improving career and pay prospects.

Principal of City College Peterborough, Pat Carrington said: “I am delighted with the progress of the pilot, especially seeing people being offered firm and secure long-term employment as a result of the course”.

The Academy project is being implemented and managed by City College Peterborough on behalf of The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and numerous essential key stakeholders.  It is also engaging with local Job Centres, NHS and care providers to ensure the success of future courses

Cross Keys Care is one such care company who has been involved since the project started.  It continues to work closely with the Academy, supporting training, helping to secure employment for successful learners.

There are currently four courses underway in the areas of Cambridge, Bretton, Lapwing and Peterborough city centre with a total of 20 learners enrolled.  Additional courses are being planned in the areas of Huntingdon, March and Wisbech to start in the next few weeks with plans to roll out across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in the coming months and years.

Courses are being delivered within the local communities to allow for maximum accessibility. In addition, transport and childcare assistance is provided to those who are eligible.

“We are delighted with the results we are seeing and the opportunities this programme has created,” Pat said.

If you would like to know more about the project or the event, please contact the Project Manager; Adrienne Taylor on

4 Responses to “Health and Care Sector Work Academy celebrates success!”

  1. Ahlliyah Amin

    Hello i am unable to attend today’s appointment can you arrange next appointment date please for health care sector course that I’m interested in.

    • Matt Bellamy

      Hi Ahlliyah, thank you for letting us know, I have passed on your message to Health and Care Sector Work Academy.

  2. Priscilla


    I am writing to check if you have any individuals on the work academy training looking for care work.

    We have several vacancies for care staff at Askham Village Community ( PE15 0TX) and are keen support the work academy initiative.

    We also have a great training facility onsite and would be happy for yourselves to use the facility for work academy health and social care training

    Askham Village Community is a Neurological Unit specialising in the rehabilitation of individuals with an acquired brain injury or spinal injury.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Priscilla Masvipurwa

    Head Of Rehab and Nursing

    Askham Village Community

    • Matt Bellamy

      Hi Priscilla,

      I have passed your query onto the Health and Care Sector Work Academy Manager.

      Kind Regard


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