Putting the care into your career

Potential new recruits can find out more about the opportunities for careers in care at a Proud to Care jobs fair this week.

Taking place at Yeovil College between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, 29 November the Somerset County Council-backed event will be staffed by representatives from up to 20 care providers.

They can tell you what it’s really like to work in care and what vacancies are available. The County Council is hugely proud of its care providers, nearly 92 per cent of which are rated Good or Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission – well above the national average.

Yeovil College staff will be there to explain the different ways into a career in care – for example apprenticeships – and Council officers will also be on hand to talk about the support and guidance we give our providers to help them continue their great work.

The fair is part of the County Council-backed Proud to Care initiative that aims to raise the profile of careers in the care sector. By 2030 it is estimated that an additional 90,000 care workers will be required in the South West and Proud to Care is looking to bring new recruits into this rewarding area of work.

Whether you’re starting your career or looking for a career change, care could be for you. No previous experience or qualifications are required, as extensive training is available, yet jobs within the industry can provide flexible working hours, high levels of job satisfaction, and a job where no two days will be the same.

Councillor David Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “Our care providers are doing a great job and are always looking for new recruits who can help them carry on the good work.

“The care sector is only going to become more and more important as our population continues to age and there are lots of fantastically rewarding jobs available”.

“Speaking to people who already work in care can be incredibly inspiring and it could be the first step towards a new career with flexibility and great long-term prospects. I’d urge anyone with an interest to come along and find out more.”

More information can be found at www.proudtocaresw.org.uk