Blackpool team in House of Lords care showcase day

Minister for Employment Priti Patel MP, Rob Garside, Team Leader for Intraining Blackpool and Dean Baxter, Director for Baxter Life Care

Minister for Employment Priti Patel MP, Rob Garside, Team Leader for Intraining Blackpool and Dean Baxter, Director for Baxter Life Care

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An award-winning partnership between Intraining and an employer in Blackpool was amongst the successes showcased to MPs and peers at a special reception held at the House of Lords.

Intraining’s chief operating officer David Jessop and employment related services director Jon Howland, together with Dean Baxter, owner of health and social care services company Baxter Life Care, attended the Employment Related Services Association 10 Year Parliamentary Anniversary Reception.

Intraining is part of NCG, one of the largest education, training and employability organisations in the UK.

Intraining and Baxter Life Care were invited to attend as they won the small/medium employer award at the ERSA awards in June for their work to provide a direct route to training and employment for over 30 long-term jobseekers.

David Jessop said: “I’m extremely proud of the dedication and commitment shown by Intraining colleagues and Baxter Life Care which contributed to our achievements in the ERSA awards.

“We were delighted to share our success with fellow ERSA members and peers at this prestigious event.

“The event was also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of ERSA and the extremely important work done by all of its members over the last decade.”

To ensure apprentices get the most out of their training with Baxter Life Care and that the learners have the right skills to help the business develop, Intraining has worked with the company to established a Care Academy.

The project has been so successful that Team Leader in Blackpool Rob Garside received the Most Inspirational Tutor Award in NCG’s Teaching and Learning awards.

Bev Baxter, from Baxter Life Care, said the care academy provided an ideal pathway for care training for new entrants and more experienced staff.

She said: “Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high quality care and support.

“It is the start of the career journey for staff and is only one element of the training and education that will make them ready to practise within the health and social care industry.”

The ERSA event was a celebration of members’ work since the organisation was founded in 2005 and was hosted by Baroness Scott.