Unqualified healthcare workers access to nursing assistant apprenticeships

University of Derby

A collective-learning, game-based platform to encourage and support Healthcare Assistants to engage/re-engage with vocational learning and transition onto Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeships

The UK’s non-registered healthcare workforce, typically employed as Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and in the broader private sector, are largely ‘hidden’ to the vocational learning sector despite their potential to address a pressing skills deficit.

This project aims to help HCAs move into a Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeship -by providing a route to to better engage/re-engage with vocational education.

The project will be a new application of an existing games-based learning technology, Applio, a cross platform content development and delivery environment that reduces the complexity of delivering games-based learning. Learners will access a series of integrated modules focused on the pain points that deter them from accessing an apprenticeship. The support will cover the end-to-end process from becoming aware of the opportunity, developing the confidence to apply, reactivating dormant skills & creating new functional skills, completing the application process and transitioning into the apprenticeship.

The solution is orientated towards collective learning, generating the ability to ‘play’ together. Disconnected learners can participate in peer support networks to build confidence and resilience; and also engage directly with existing professionals. The project will focus on content design and development, and design of measurement instrumentation. The end result will be a community of learning drawing on peer support to grow learner confidence and skills to progress.