Health course helps jobless back to work
A COURSE in health and social care aimed at getting long-term unemployed people back into work has been hailed a success.
Four of the 11 students on the four-week course, arranged by Buckinghamshire County Council, have already been offered jobs. A further four have been given work experience, while the remaining three decided they did not wish to work in the industry and have refocused their efforts to secure work.
The scheme was run by Amersham & Wycombe College on behalf of the County Council.
“This was the first time we have run such a course and we were astounded by its success,” said Bethany Starling, a Wellbeing officer for the council.
“It was aimed at people on Jobseekers Allowance and the idea was that everyone on it was guaranteed an interview at the end of it with a care company, as well as a Level 1 qualification in health and social care. But four have already been given jobs, presumably as a result of what they did on the course.
“The course had a 100 per cent pass rate and no one dropped out along the way which was fantastic.”
Students, aged from 19 to 62, attended four days a week and learned about social care, health and safety and food hygiene.
The course was a collaboration between Amersham & Wycombe College, Job Centre Plus and Connexions; coordinated by BCC and funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the council’s Wellbeing Programme fund.
Anyone on Jobseekers Allowance wishing to go on a future course should speak to their Jobcentre to find out more.