Leading food company Moy Park is funding the training of adult social care workers. The company has agreed to transfer £165,000 from its apprenticeship levy fund, enough to support potentially 40 NHS apprenticeships.
Partnering with Health Education England (HEE), Moy Park will support the training of apprentices at Horizon Care sites across Sheffield and Rotherham over a period of 12-18 months. Training is being provided by Tempest Management Training, a leader in providing new knowledge, skills and behaviours to the Health and Social Care sector.
Though the apprentice levy transfer scheme, Moy Park has been able to support the NHS by transferring surplus apprenticeship funds raised through the levy scheme to be redirected to train apprentices in health and social care. The scheme allows companies to transfer up to 25% of funds raised through their levy to other employers.
With 8 purpose-built locations and care homes across South Yorkshire, Horizon Care provides residential, nursing and specialist care for young people, adults and the elderly, including specialist dementia care.
Nicola Hayward, Early Careers and Apprenticeship Manager at Moy Park said:
“At Moy Park we are committed to investing in the communities our people live and work in. The NHS has faced an incredible challenge for the past two years in dealing with the pandemic, and we felt it was right to use some of our surplus apprenticeship funds to support our NHS, and train new key workers.
“We are especially proud to be supporting the training of around 40 apprentices in the adult social care sector. Organisations like Horizon Care do great work in supporting vulnerable and elderly adults. Moy Park’s charity partner is the Alzheimer’s Society, so we feel Horizon Care is a perfect fit.
“Having a thriving apprenticeship programme can be really rewarding both for an organisation and those who participate. We have seen through our own programmes that apprenticeships can help people to access new careers they may not have previously considered, while building skills for the future. I am delighted that through the apprenticeship levy transfer scheme, we are able to support the next generation of NHS workers, and I wish all the new apprentices well as they embark upon their career journey.”
Mandy Shaw, HR Manager at Horizon Care said:
“Moy Park’s support for the training of apprentices will be invaluable in enabling us to deliver on our commitment to investing in the future of our amazing staff and quality health and social care.”
Helen Suddes, Widening Participation and Apprenticeship Lead for Health Education England, North East and Yorkshire said:
“This levy transfer is a huge success for all involved and the HEE North East & Yorkshire Widening Participation and Apprenticeship Team is especially grateful that Moy Park has chosen to support Horizon Care and invest back into the regional health economy. This shows just what can be achieved when organisations work together to invest in apprenticeships, even during the most challenging time the Health and Care service has ever seen. When organisations transfer levy into the NHS and social care it allows us to train more people, to provide access to new careers which in turn enables us to have a more robust workforce, all of which allows us to better serve patients and our local communities.”