Health course helps job­less back to work

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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