Step into Care Programme delivered by WEA shortlisted for HPMA Awards

Greater Manchester’s Step into Care Programme, delivered by sole training providers the WEA, has been shortlisted in the prestigious national HPMA (Healthcare People Management Association) awards that recognise and celebrate the work of Human Resources, Organisational Development and workforce professionals across the UK.


The online adult social care Programme whose goal is to recruit talented and compassionate key workers in greater Manchester, is nominated in the HST talent acquisition strategy of the year category. The full short list is here


The WEA are the sole training providers of the Step into Care Programme that is also supported and funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Careers Hub, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Department of Work and Pensions, Health Education England, Skills for Care and social care providers across Greater Manchester.


The Programme focuses on values, behaviours and attitudes of people, rather than age or background to deliver successful adult social care workers.  These carers assist adults who live in residential care homes, nursing homes or support those living at home and although the work can be demanding it is also a very rewarding career.


Jillian Simpson, Senior Education Manager (Greater Manchester) WEA, who in collaboration with Veronica Hyde, WEA Lead Tutor Health and Social Care  initially designed and developed the Programme said: “It is an honour to be shortlisted for this award, which recognises the qualities needed to care and assist adults who need extra support in such challenging times.  The programme has been a truly collaborative effort involving deeply caring WEA tutors and staff and an incredibly committed team at the GMHSCP working towards a common goal of helping people maintain their dignity and improving their quality of life every day.”


The winners of the HPMA Awards will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 7 October 2021.  To find out more about the awards HPMA Awards 2021 - HPMA. 


More details of the Step into Care programme, a partnership initiative between Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Careers Hub, Department of Work and Pensions, Skills for Care and WEA, can be found here Step Into Care | WEA