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Excelcare donates apprenticeship levy fund to Autism Initiatives UK

Posted on 18th November 2020

Excelcare has pledged to donate their excess funds from the government’s apprenticeship levy fund to support apprenticeship training through Autism Initiatives UK.

In 2017, the UK government pledged to support sustainable funding for apprenticeships, encouraging younger people to take them on and promoting them as a viable way of entering their chosen industry.

Care provider Excelcare, has recently pledged to use their excess funding, to finance training for staff at Autism Initiatives through training provider, Partnership Training.

Sam Manning, Chief Operating Officer at Excelcare said, “We’re glad to be able to donate our unused levy funds to support such a life-changing charity and work in collaboration with partnership training to develop existing skills and train new staff.”

Autism Initiatives UK offers a wide range of specialist support services for autistic people and their families. This could be from supported living through to schools, short breaks and community resource centres. We focus on helping autistic individuals to achieve their personal goals and as a keen supporter of our work, Excelcare pledged to help train more people who choose this rewarding career.

Sandra Johnston, Head of Learning & Development at Autism Initiatives said: “We are delighted to have received gifting through the apprenticeship levy and would like to thank both Excelcare and Partnership Training for their support. The gifting will enable us to develop 23 people, to make a real difference to the lives of autistic adults, whilst gaining a relevant vocational qualification.”

The unused funds, totalling £70,000, will help to encourage people to take on a role in the care industry or develop their existing skills, gaining valuable practical experience and theory-based learning. This will be delivered through Partnership Training, who specialise in providing flexible training to people entering the health and social care industries. Founded by two dedicated former Registered Care Managers, they now strive to ensure that apprenticeships and vocational qualifications have a powerful impact on the student and user service.

Christine Cook, Director of Partnership Training LTD said, “This is an exciting project to be a part of, that will see a collaboration between Excelcare, ourselves and Autism Initiatives. Not only will this partnership improve the knowledge and skills of staff but help to enhance the lives of Autistic people in the process. We can’t wait to continue working in partnership with Excelcare and Autism Initiatives.”