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North-east people can access health and social care courses

By Kyle Ritchie

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Robert Gordon University (RGU) is launching a suite of health and social care short courses, with fully funded places, targeting areas where there are skills shortages in the region.

The four online courses, which cover principles and concepts of public health; health inequalities; influencing individual health and wellbeing; and digital literacy in health and social care, are being funded by the Sottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council as part of the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF).

The courses will be relevant for those currently working within the health and social care sector who are looking to upskill, or individuals considering a career change into the sector.

The courses will also be useful for people in other sectors with an interest in the topics so that they can bring back helpful skills and knowledge to their organisations.

RGU is offering short courses focusing on health and social care.
RGU is offering short courses focusing on health and social care.

Laura Binnie, head of the School of Health Sciences at RGU, said: “RGU has a long and proven track record of working to support the health and social care sector in the north-east.

“The effects of the pandemic on the sector have been huge and have resulted in areas of significant skills gaps, which we believe these short courses will go some way to addressing.

“The short courses provide a real opportunity for those currently working in the sector to develop their skills or offer a solid grounding in some of the key principles for those that wish to embark on a career change.”

Applications can be made to join a single course or up to all four of the courses. They carry university credits and successful completion of all four would lead to a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

The university will be launching more courses throughout the year in a range of subjects, some of which will have funded places dedicated to the area and others open to participants from elsewhere in Scotland.

Anyone wishing to apply for one of the funded places can do so online at www.rgu.ac.uk/upskill

NEERSF is a £14.3 million investment by the Scottish Government to support economic recovery and enhance skill levels in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire though key sector growth, employment, training, and skills development opportunities.

The fund is delivering 29 employment, upskilling and reskilling, and business growth and innovation projects that will benefit more than 3000 people across the region.

The projects focus on entrepreneurship; accelerated business start-up; development and growth; increasing digital skills in the workforce; equality and inclusion; and upskilling and reskilling people to enter or remain in work and take advantage of new, green jobs as part of the energy transition.

NEERSF delivery partners are Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Skills Development Scotland, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, Opportunity North East, Energy Transition Zone Limited, and Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

The Scottish Funding Council is the accountable body for the funding to Robert Gordon University and University of Aberdeen.

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