Posted: Tuesday 6th June 2017
Hertfordshire County Council is looking for young people to earn while they learn by kick-starting their career in the adult care sector.
Those aged 16-24, with a genuine interest in care, are being encouraged to apply for a place on Hertfordshire County Council’s Level 1 health and social care trainee programme by 7 July 2017.
Successful applicants will be able to earn £110 per week while they gain practical experience and industry recognised qualifications. The courses are being delivered at two sites in Hertfordshire, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead, but applicants are welcome from across the county as long as they can travel to the course.
Jade Gomme, 20, from Hemel Hempstead, who recently graduated as a health and social care trainee, said: “I saw a leaflet and thought I would apply. I just wanted to help people and I have never done anything like it before."
She added: “The best thing about the course is working with people, helping them with the stuff they need and doing activities with them. I would tell anyone considering a career in care to give it a go. You can’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
The trainee programme starts in September and runs over the course of a year, with six weeks paid holiday. Once qualified the trainees will be able to move on to full apprenticeships or enter into full-time employment within the care sector.
Frances Heathcote, Assistant Director of Adult Care Commissioning at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Our health and social care trainee programme gives young people the skills and training they need to enter into a rewarding career in the care sector, which offers flexibility, prospects and the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents.”
Hertfordshire’s population of older people is growing year on year; the number of over 65s is expected to grow by 79 per cent over the next 20 years. To meet the extra demand for its services the care sector in Hertfordshire needs to recruit an additional 2,000 paid care workers each year.
The health and social care training programme is an innovative solution to meeting an ageing population’s care needs and is part of the Herts Good Care campaign, which is aiming to change perceptions of care work and attract more people to a rewarding career in the care sector.
Herts Good Care week will be taking place from Friday 16 June – Sunday 25 June 2017. During the week the council will be working with the Herts Care Providers Association and care settings across the county to celebrate the work of the care sector and promote careers in care. For more information visit www.hertsgoodcare.com
Anyone interested in the health and social care trainee programme can get more information by visiting www.hertfordshire.gov.uk or by contacting Chantelle Nolte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01438 845975.