AFC Bournemouth gifts unspent levy funds to support Healthcare training

AFC Bournemouth has gifted £80,000 of unspent levy funds to support care settings across the south coast

AFC Bournemouth gifts unspent levy funds to support Healthcare training

AFC Bournemouth LogoWorking in partnership with the leading apprenticeship training provider for the care sector, Paragon Skills, AFC Bournemouth has gifted over £80,000 in unspent levy funding to support apprenticeship training to healthcare groups across the South and South-West this year. Redistributing any unspent levy funding by investing in local care businesses, covering their training costs, supporting growth, and boosting the local economy in the region at the same time as demonstrating the club’s commitment to corporate social responsibility supporting those businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

The club is financing apprenticeship training schemes for five local charities and care homes to upskill workers who may not otherwise be able to afford training. The investment will help to raise visibility and profile of much needed apprenticeship training in the care sector for the region at the same time as providing opportunities and support to these businesses to upskill their workforce and develop much needed skills in our region.

The funding has been provided out of the club’s Apprenticeship Levy pot, and the Cherries have chosen to utilise the money within the local community. The club is a passionate advocate of apprenticeships and the partnership with Paragon Skills has allowed high quality training, addressing personal development and gaps in the workforce.

The five organisations benefiting from the funding are: Elmfield Care, Step One, The Nurture Den, Acorn Lodge and Drumconner.

Elmfield Care, a state-of-the-art residential care home, receives £42,000 to fund further qualifications for some of their 75 employees, translating into a better care and living situation for their residents.

Meanwhile, Drumconner, a Westbourne-based residential home, receives £8,000 to provide additional training for their members of staff.

Step One in Exeter (£9,000), The Nurture Den in Lymington (£8,000) and Acorn Lodge in Southbourne (£15,000) have also received significant donations for training purposes.

Neill Blake, Chief Executive at AFC Bournemouth, told “We’re a football club that prides itself on the work we do within our wider community, and we’re delighted to be able to utilise this funding to support these five incredible organisations.

“This gift will provide a tangible benefit to not only their employees, but those who utilise the services they provide too. We’re grateful for the support of local training provider Paragon Skills in helping identify such deserving recipients.”


Mark Botha, CEO at Paragon Skills commented:

“The partnership with AFC Bournemouth has allowed Paragon Skills to back the wider SME community ensuring access to new talent and providing opportunities to succeed in the digital age, regardless of background. SMEs are the life-blood of the local economy, and in partnership with AFC Bournemouth, we are committed to helping as many as possible to not just recover from Covid-19, but adapt and thrive preparing their workforce for the future.”

For more information on how the team at Paragon Skills can support your Care teams from skills shortages to your plans around training in 2022, get in touch now on 08007832545.

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