Care course stu­dents find job suc­cess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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