Care course students find job success
ELEVEN long-term unemployed people were offered jobs in the care industry immediately after a four-week training course.
The success of the scheme has thrilled organisers, who say that some of the attendees had never held a job since leaving school several years ago.
The course, run at the Inspire centre in High Wycombe by Amersham and Wycombe College, was set up by Buckinghamshire County Council and the Department of Work and Pensions.
It was run in partnership with the Connexions advice service and Amersham and Wycombe College, along with the care companies The Fremantle Trust, Heritage Care, and Home Instead.
Bucks County Council’s cabinet member for community engagement and public health Martin Phillips said: “We are absolutely delighted with the fact it has helped so many people find work – and it has also helped fill vital posts, mainly looking after vulnerable people within care homes.”
The course, offering training in health and social care as well as basic work skills and one-to-one mentoring by a Connexions advisor, was attended by 15 people who applied through their Job Centres.
It was backed by three care companies – Heritage Care, The Freemantle Trust and Home Instead. All of the firms guaranteed candidates an interview at the end of training, and kept their promise when the course finished on July 15.
Bucks County Council, through its Community Wellbeing team, currently pays £22,500 per year to support the courses.
Due to the successful collaboration of DWP, the Community Wellbeing Team, and Aylesbury College, the first of its kind construction academy will commence this summer.
Anyone who is unemployed can apply. Speak to your Jobcentre Plus work coach.