A South Tyneside businesswoman – who made the move from classroom to boardroom – is now helping to set the standards nationally when it comes to the care sector.
Dr Angela Brown set up her own company Training In Care in 1999, based in Witney Way, Boldon.
Child’s play is so important, as it helps to create an all round person and gives a child the chance to be creative.Dr Angela Brown
It offers a range of accredited courses for those looking to work or volunteer in the care sector, whether it’s supporting children, teenagers, adults or the elderly.
For the past three years Dr Brown has sat on the board of the Sector Skills Council, securing a place on the steering group – representing England – which sets the national occupational standards for the country.
These are statements of the standards of performance people must achieve when carrying out their work or to gain qualifications.
Recently the group carried out a meeting in South Tyneside looking at child’s play and to discuss the qualifications needed in the future within the childcare play arena for those aged four – 16, also looking at integrating health and social care.
Her passion in her area of expertise has seen her recently become a care ambassador for the UK.
The role includes advising on healthcare and education to ministers through the sector skills councils and to local authorities for workforce development.
Dr Brown, said: “When I first started the company I had no idea that one day I would be advising the government on issues relating to the care sector or visiting China to talk about the UK’s approach to play.
“It is a privilege to be in this position where I am able to give my views in an area I am so passionate about.
“On the board, we advise the government and I am there representing all the employers on that board.
“Child’s play is so important, as it helps to create an all round person and gives a child the chance to be creative.”
Dr Brown has more than 35 years experience of working the children and adult care sector, training as a teacher and social worker.
After starting her company in 1999, she went on to create a further community interest company The Care People which employs those she has trained.
Earlier this year, her success in delivering programmes covering care from the cradle to the grave led to an invitation to share the stage with leading IVF expert Lord Robert Winston and author on childcare and development books Penny Tassoni.
There she gave a presentation on her company and how it is helping nurture those who come through the doors into competent, compassionate and empathetic care workers.
Dr Brown, added: “The courses we deliver are quite intensive, with some of the students coming out with qualifications the equivalent of four A-levels.
“But, for me, it’s not enough just to have the qualifications it does take a special kind of person to be able to work within the care sector which is what we also look for during the training process.
“They have to show compassion, commitment and empathy as they will be working with people who are elderly, have a disability or learning difficulty.
“It is not an easy career to choose but it is one which can be so rewarding and we need to have a workforce within the care sector who can work with children and adults with empathy and have great listening skills.”
For information on courses offered by Training In Care, including enrolling on new courses in child care and adult care, people can call 536 7241 or visit www.traininginchildcare.co.uk/