Barking & Dagenham College TEC Training Programme


Aims to support education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for adults and young people in East London.

The East London Vocational Education and Training (ELVET) Programme aims to support education, training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for adults and young people in East London. As part of this programme we are working in partnership with Barking and Dagenham College (BDC), local employers and other education and training providers to deliver a bespoke learning programme that aims to promote knowledge and skills in Assistive Technologies (AT) by providing a deeper understanding of Technology Enabled Care (TEC) and how it fits into the health and social care sector.

Why is this so important?

The adult social care workforce is growing. In England, there has been a 19% increase in workforce population since 2009, and in London, an increase of 10% since 2012 was noted. It is projected to grow by further 27% (from 215,000 to 275,000) by 2030. 

Skills for Care reported that 55% of the workforce in Barking and Dagenham do not hold a relevant adult social care qualification, which is higher than the average London rate (49%). Workers in Barking & Dagenham had on average 5.9 years of experience in the sector and 66% of the workforce had been working in the sector for at least three years.

With such a dedicated workforce, the project aims to understand how to best work with employers to stimulate and encourage interest in upskilling within a sector that is struggling with basic skills gap and attracting applicants for long-unfilled vacancies. 


We have conducted extensive consultations with the local workforce and authorities across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (BHR) to identify: general TEC awareness, types of AT already in use, and the types of ATs they would like to use more. These findings were used to influence the content and design of the TEC module. 

The legacy of the project is a sustainable partnership between the Project Board consisting of Care City, BDC, Skills for Care and TSA. Future joint events are being planned and are expected to occur well beyond the life of the ELVET project

ELVET, Barking & Dagenham College and Care City: partnership development of assistive technology in health and social care

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Who's involved? The key stakeholders

Care City - Skills for Care - Telecare Services Association - Barking and Dagenham College - ELVET Programme Team - Health and Social Care workforce - Local Authorities across Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering


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