New jobs found for unemployed thanks to health and social care course

A course training people in health and social care has had another crop of successful graduates
A course training people in health and social care has had another crop of successful graduates

Eleven long-term unemployed people were offered jobs in the care industry immediately after a four-week training course.

The course, which offers training in health and social care as well as basic work skills, has previously been successful in finding work.

This is the third such course to be organised at Amersham and Wycombe College with some of the attendees having never held a job since leaving school.

The course was set up by Bucks County Council (BCC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

It was run in partnership with the Connexions advice service and Amersham & Wycombe College, along with the care companies The Fremantle Trust, Heritage Care, and Home Instead.

Martin Phillips, BCC councillor for community engagement and public health, said: “This was the third such course we have organised and is the most successful to date. 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 also offers one-to-one mentoring by a Connexions advisor. It was attended by 15 people who applied through their job centres.

All of the care firms involved guaranteed candidates an interview at the end of the training.

BCC, through its community wellbeing team, pays £22,500 per year to support the courses.

Cllr Phillips added: “It is highly satisfying to know that as a council we are actually fulfilling such a vital function by supporting members of our community to end the frustrating search for meaningful jobs.

“It is my hope we carry on doing this because it’s a win-win for both the unemployed and for the employers that find them the jobs.”

A construction academy, which is the result of a successful collaboration of DWP, the community wellbeing team, and Aylesbury College, will commence this summer. There will be information days on August 8 and 9. Anyone who is unemployed is eligible to apply. To find out more speak to your work coach at Jobcentre Plus.