Shaw Trust Care Academy

Change your future with the Shaw Trust Care Academy

Has your job been directly impacted by Covid-19? Are you looking for a new career path within the health and social care sector?

Shaw Trust’s Care Academy can provide you with careers planning and guidance as well as opportunities for training and work experience. 

We can also provide support for your wellbeing to help you overcome any barriers that are preventing you from training, employment or progression in your current role or to start your career in care.

Are you looking for another academy? Please visit our Shaw Trust Academies homepage.

Why choose a career in Health and Social Care?

Working in the health and social care sector can give you a feeling of self-worth and knowing you’re really making a difference to someone’s life and giving back to your local community.

A career in health and social care can mean flexible working hours, a support network of like-minded caring and compassionate professionals and, with new  career pathways continually opening up, it’s an exciting sector to work and progress in.

Jobs in the care sector range from health care and social care to support staff. Whichever route interests you – whether you’re organising activities, managing a care home, providing administrative support, supporting someone with learning difficulties or calling in on people in their homes – Shaw Trust Care Academy can help get you there. 

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What is the Care Academy?

The Care Academy is perfect for you if you’re looking to get into or progress within the health and social care sector, and if your role has been directly impacted by Covid-19. 

Signing up to the Academy will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, gain valuable work experience, and open doors to employment and progression opportunities.

The Care Academy is a focal point across England for upskilling and reskilling in the health and social care sector.

The Care Academy is for you if your job or wellbeing has been directly impacted as a result of Covid-19. This includes:

  • Losing your job.
  • A reduction in your hours and/or salary.
  • You have suffered from a decline in your health and wellbeing as a direct result of Covid-19.

We can support anyone regardless of ability or experience in health and social care.

Through the Academy you can receive careers planning and guidance support, health and social care specific training, opportunities to gain work experience, on-the-job training as well as wellbeing support to help you overcome any barriers that are preventing you from entering training and/or gaining employment.

Training and support activity will be provided through a range of blended approaches including remote engagement, self-directed learning through our CPD platforms and face-to-face where required.

Pathway support available includes:

  • Careers planning and guidance.
  • Accessing health and social care training.
  • Work experience.
  • Employment training within current role.
  • Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship (pre-apprenticeships for young people).
  • Wellbeing support.

If you require functional skills (English, maths or digital skills) to be able to complete any qualifications and training we can also provide this.

A Learner Support Fund is also available to those with significant financial barriers to help with travel costs, internet, childcare, IT equipment or learning materials.

  • Support provided is bespoke to you and your needs.
  • Clear pathways of progression based on your interests.
  • Support is at your own pace – time at the Academy will depend on your goals.
  • We work in partnership, not in competition, opening up a variety of opportunities for you to progress.
  • We provide a wraparound service of support with care, compassion and understanding.
  • Our staff are dedicated and highly-skilled practitioners in health and social care, enabling them to guide you with expert knowledge in your learning.
  • A Learner Support Fund is also available to those with significant financial barriers to help with travel costs, internet, childcare, IT equipment or learning materials.

To be able to access this serviceyou must be: 

  • Unemployed with an interest in working in the health and social care sector. 
  • Not in full or part time education, employment or training.
  • legal resident of the UK.
  • Aged 16 years + 


Are currently working in the Health and Social Care sector but: 

  • Have had your salary/ hours/role reduced as a result of Covid-19 
  • Are at risk of redundancy as a result of Covid-19 
  • You are a person on low income (below £17,374.50 per annum specify or London living £21,157.50).

If you are interested and feel you meet the above eligibility criteria, please provide us with a bit more information about yourself through our self-referral form. Please click here to complete our self-referral form.

A dedicated Engagement Officer will get back to you and arrange a further discussion and to carry out your enrollment and you will then be allocated one of the following based on your needs:

  • A Tutor in Health and Social Care.
  • Learning Mentors for wellbeing support.
  • Progression officer for careers planning, guidance and accessing further training opportunities/employment.

If you have any queries please contact

The Care Academy is part of Shaw Trust’s Care and Construction Academy simultaneously:

  • Addressing skills gaps and staff shortages within the health and social and construction sectors 
  • Supporting those in deprived areas of England reducing unemployment rates
  • Driving up professional standards
  • Supporting employers to increase and improve workforce standards

The Care Academy is being fully mobilised through CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) funding over a three-year period until Mar 2024. 

The CAF Resilience Fund exists to help charitable organisations in England that support the people hardest hit by Covid-19. This fund will initially distribute more than £19 million made up of grants ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 to deliver rapid relief from the impact of Covid-19.

Click here to find out more about the CAF Resilience Fund.

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Contact us

Please complete the form below and one of our engagement team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Alternatively please contact us at or 01245 254 875.

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