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Fast tracked care workers already making a difference

Published
01.07.2020

Care workers recruited through the county council’s Proud to Care fast track recruitment campaign to help the county’s care providers through the Covid-19 crisis are settling in to their new roles.

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Care workers are crucial to keeping Gloucestershire’s most vulnerable people safe. Whether working in a care home or providing care for individuals in their own home, the roles are hugely rewarding and flexible, with temporary and permanent, full and part time positions available.

Care providers have welcomed the support they have received to maintain staffing levels during this difficult time.

  • “Very helpful, and absolutely essential during this period.  A must to ensure services are fully staffed.”
  • “The Proud to Care fast tracking scheme can help employers to build capacity and strengthen their teams, which will help providers overcome recruitment challenges and grow their business.
  • “It is also very efficient – it saves the organisation having to carry out DBS checks, send and chase up references, which can be time consuming.”
  • “Proud to Care have a good portfolio of employers and can help you to find an employer or organisation which suits you, your lifestyle and your motivations.”

Employers have used online training and inductions, Zoom conference calls with mentors, team members and residents to help new recruits settle in and get to know who they’ll be working with and caring for.

The new care workers are equally enthusiastic about their new careers.

  • “Really enjoying the job and found the recruitment process easy and simple.”
  • “Company matched with is amazing. A perfect match and very thankful.”
  • “The online training was very comprehensive and covered topics in good depth”
  • Getting on really well with my new employer. It’s been really daunting and a big learning experience but I’m really enjoying it. I started working on my own for the first time this week and it went well.”

Proud to Care are further supporting the sector to recruit new social care staff during these challenging times by launching a new e-recruitment system. The new system will allow providers to simply advertise their vacant roles and allow candidates to easily apply. Anyone considering a career in care can also learn more about the different roles within the sector on Proud to Care’s new ‘Care Hub’ pages.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care at Gloucestershire County Council, said: It’s fantastic to see how much these newly recruited care workers are enjoying their new roles. I’m not surprised, as I know first hand just how rewarding working in care can be and would recommend it to anyone with a passion for helping people.

“If you are looking for a new job or career change and want to make a difference within your local community, please consider a role in care. You don’t need previous experience as all training is provided, and may be surprised to discover how your values and the skills you hold, can be transferred to a successful career in care.”

If you’re interested in a new role in care:

Interviews will take place by telephone and online. 

Recruitment checks such as obtaining references and DBS checks are undertaken by the fast track recruitment team on behalf of the new employer depending on the organisation’s current recruitment practices.

 

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