Pilot scheme helps young carers find work

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The six-week course was provided by Action for Children and Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership. 

2nd September 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A group of young people have secured employment as Home Carers thanks to a scheme run by Action for Children and Glasgow’s Health and Social Care Partnership (GHCSCP).

The pilot programme saw seven young people participate in an intensive six-week training course, gaining qualifications that will equip them for work in the care sector.

Certificates in moving and handling, nutrition and elderly care were awarded upon completion of the course.

The scheme is part of Action for Children’s Aiming High programme, which works with care-experienced young people and those with adverse childhood experiences.

Funded by Inspiring Scotland and the European Social Fund, the programme provides support to those who are looking for work by sourcing appropriate training or providing employment opportunities.  

The seven participants have all now been offered employment with GHCSCP.

Paul Carberry, Action for Children director for Scotland, said: “We are very happy to be working in partnership with Glasgow’s Health & Social Care Partnership to deliver this employability programme for young people in the city.

“Through partnership working, we have secured employment opportunities for young people we work with while also meeting labour market demands here in Glasgow. Not only that, we are helping develop a care workforce which is more representative of the people it supports, bringing people from different backgrounds into a sector here in the city.

“We recognise that this is the beginning of a process for these young people. However, with work-place training, we are working with partners, in this instance the GCHSCP, to provide young people with the training and skills needed to enter the job market immediately – as these young people are going on to do.” 

Susanne Millar, GCHSCP interim chief officer, added: “Our Continuing Care Employability Services work hard to secure training, employment and further education opportunities for our care experienced young people. 

“They were delighted to team up with Action for Children to jointly provide this training and I’m sure the seven course graduates will make valuable additions to our home care teams who have offered them an exciting opportunity and given them a firm foundation with excellent on-the-job training prior to employment.”