Healthcare Assistant Apprenticeships

A proposal to develop a two-year apprenticeship for Healthcare Assistants has been approved by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, and is now going into development.

Griffith College in Dublin has been appointed the Education and Co-ordination provider, and HCCI is delighted to be one of the key stakeholders which will assist in developing the programme.

A steering group representing private hospitals in Ireland, nursing homes and health care assistants has begun meeting to agree the educational and skills profile of the newly qualified Healthcare Assistant.

The group will liaise with HEA, QQI, SOLAS and the Apprenticeship Council of Ireland to decide on the clinical skills, competencies and learning outcomes to be achieved by apprentices, and to determine the module content to be included in the programme.

HCCI welcomes this significant move for the home care sector, and is delighted to be contributing significantly to the development of improved recognition and status for care workers.

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