Working with Jobcentre Plus to recruit healthcare support workers


24 / 11 / 2014 11.23am

Bradford District Care Trust, Shipley College and Jobcentre Plus (JCP) have developed a successful partnership to recruit healthcare support workers. The three partners met to discuss the job role, skills, and training required of this staff group, and a decision was taken to use a sector-based work academy (SBWA) model to recruit to these vacancies.

A SBWA lasts up to six weeks and has three key components: 

  • Pre-employment training relevant to the job role, which in this instance provided candidates with a qualification in an introduction to health and social care, first aid, food safety, and employability skills.
  • A work experience placement – this included a visit to the employer and a meeting with current staff who undertake the role.
  • A guaranteed job interview - for those who successfully complete the programme.

A key feature of a SBWA is that it offers a flexible approach and can be adapted to meet the needs of the employer. To be eligible for the programme, applicants must be unemployed, over the age of 19, and in receipt of jobseekers allowance/employment support allowance.

Four academies have already been delivered resulting in 14 job offers and a further 16 candidates going on to secure employment at a number of other care providers. All three partners have planned dates through to the middle of 2015 for further SBWAs.

Read the case study in full and find out more about the benefits of working in partnership with JCP on our dedicated webpages.

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