New College Lanarkshire has launched a programme dedicated to getting more men into the care sector.
The course, titled “Health and Social Care for Men”, launched at the College’s Motherwell Campus on 23 October, as part of the Health, Social Care and Clinical Support, Skills Development Scotland Employability Fund programmes, run by the College.
With the aim of reducing gender stereotypes, the programme’s objectives include getting more males into the growing sector, while enhancing equality in the College and national health care sector.
Recent news reports have highlighted the record-high nursing vacancies in Scotland and with only 11.4 % of registered nurses in the UK were male, according to figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
The programme aims to increase this figure, offering full-time study designed to prepare candidates to enter the world of work within a Health and Social Care setting, with the opportunity of progression onto a Clinical Support course at the College.
Students will also gain valuable work experience, completing three-week work experience as well as three weeks at college.
Stuart Matson, Community Programmes Manager, said: “The College has a long-standing reputable partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and local care providers. The College develops and delivers a range high-quality health and social care programmes at levels from access to HND.
“The introduction of this male-specific course is a fantastic addition to our range of employability fund programmes, as it aims to address the gap that currently exists in the sector.
“We hope that the continued growth of the care sector will translate into successful and attractive programmes for men in the local area.”
For more information on college SDS Employability Fund programmes visit: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/employability