There has been a great deal of good news for supporters of training across the health sector over the last 18 months. Over 30,000 new training interventions have been funded through the Joint Investment Framework. More than 3,000 14-year-olds started the new diploma in society, health and development in 2008, with an increase from 39 to over 100 consortia planned to deliver the diploma from September 2009.

Completion rates for apprenticeships continued to rise, with over 1,000 more completions than the previous year. A further 1,500 healthcare related young apprenticeships are scheduled for September. This is in addition to the high quality training and development already carried out across the sector, across all disciplines and all levels.

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