New recruits enter care sector
LOCAL people are successfully progressing into the care sector after taking part in a course offered by Tresham College Of Further and Higher Education’s business training arm, Evolve Business Training, in partnership with the county council’s Olympus Care Services.
Last month, the partnership celebrated the completion of its latest professional programme helping people to progress into a career within the care sector. Since completing the two-week course in July, four of the students from the Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in the Adult Social Care sector have now gained full-time employment with Olympus Care Services.
As part of the course, 21 adults aged 20-55 who had expressed an interest in working in the care sector achieved the Level 1 Award alongside Customer Service,
Effective Communication and Work Skills certificates to improve their confidence when applying for work and preparing for job interviews.
All the group were referred on to the tailored course by Job Centres in Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough to meet the needs of a range of Olympus Care vacancies.
Olympus Care Services provides a range of care and support services throughout Northamptonshire for adults with disabilities and older people.
During the short course offered at Tresham’s Corby campus, students also spent time shadowing current employees at Olympus Care Services to gain a realistic idea of the working environments and job roles available.
Ashley Allen, team manager at Olympus Care Services said: “We’re really pleased with how well this approach worked.
“We often have difficulty in retaining new members of staff who don’t have a clear understanding of what working in this sector is all about.
“This course allowed students to gain an insight into the type of work they would be doing helping them see if it was the right career for them. It also allowed us as employers to recruit with confidence. We are looking forward to working with Evolve again in the future.”
Anne Anderson, tutor at Evolve Business Training said: “The course is quite intensive and there is a lot of information for students to take in; but everyone was very keen and engaged well.
“Alongside the health and social care qualification, students were also able to gain an insight into how Olympus Care Services operate, so that they had a better understanding of what was expected of them if they were successful in gaining employment.
“We are really pleased with the end result and look forward to working with Olympus Care Services again next year.”
At the celebration, students from the course were able to speak to tutors and representatives from Olympus Care Services (OCS) with many commenting on how helpful the course had been in getting them back in to employment.
Corby-based student Linda Rose Murphy said: “This type of work is totally different to previous factory-based jobs I have had.
“Working in social care is a very rewarding career and I’m really pleased I decided to do the course. I did find the courses challenging, with a lot to take in, but Anne was great as a tutor and I’m glad I stuck with it.
“I’m really looking forward to starting my new job working with adults with learning difficulties in a residential home.”
Benjamin Mayes, a student from Brigstock, said: “Working in this area has always been something that was at the back of my mind, so I was keen to give the course a go. I liked the fact that it gave a broad foundation into this type of work and allowed the chance to ask lots of questions about the different careers in health and social care.
“I have taken up the job as a home carer, working with people with dementia, and am already able to put the theory I have learned into practice.”
Wellingborough-based student Samantha Bolton added: “I previously studied childcare at Tresham and went on to work with children and adults with autism.
“After taking a break to start a family, I felt I needed a refresher course to get back into this type of work.
“The two-week programme gave me the confidence boost that I needed and I have accepted the role as a home care worker at a residential unit for adults with a range of needs.”
Following the success of the course in July, Evolve Business Training will be offering the training again in February 2016. For more information about short, professional qualifications helping people improve job prospects and career development, visit: www.evolve-tresham.co.uk