Path to career in healthcare

A new Health Learning Works jobs programme is aiming to introduce unemployed people who want to work in the health and social care sector to prospective employers.

A new Health Learning Works jobs programme is aiming to introduce unemployed people who want to work in the health and social care sector to prospective employers.

The programme has been developed by the Carter & Carter Group, working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Skills for Health, the sector skills council for healthcare.

It involves a conditional job guarantee and provides a general introduction to employment for those who wish to pursue a career in health and social care. It offers pre-employment training, combining classroom learning with the practical experience of work placement.

Topics covered on the six-week course are communication; personal and people development; health, safety and security; service improvement; quality; and equality and diversity.


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Rachael Preedy, regional operations manager for the east of England at Carter & Carter Group, said: “We are committed to providing high-quality training courses, which equip our lear-ners with the skills and knowledge to build themselves a sustainable career.

“Whether learners are wishing to start a career in the healthcare sector or retrain, the Health Learning Works training programme is the ideal platform to start from. There is no cost to the participant or the employer.”

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Jo Wilson, employer engagement manager for Norfolk Jobcentre Plus, said: “We feel sure that many people will be able to benefit from this programme. It provides an excellent opportunity for people to find out more about what it is like to work in healthcare but also provides the skills they need to pursue that goal.”

Elise Shepherd, from Skills for Health, said: “The programme is a cost-effective and innovative way of recruiting staff into the sector. It has a positive impact upon the participants, their communities and the patients they serve. This course helps give peo-ple the confidence to move from benefits into a career in health and care.”

t For more information, call your Jobcentre Plus adviser or Carter & Carter Group on 01603 617788 or visit www.carter-and-carter.com.

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