Care UK has partnered with the Careers & Enterprise Company on their Open Doors careers project.
Open Doors provides secondary school students with the opportunity to learn about the careers available to them within a care provider. The first Care UK Open Doors event was hosted at Silversprings care home in Essex, where students from St Helena’s School Year 10 students learnt about the variety of careers available within a care home, as well as careers across the company. Students met with carers, nurses, and residents, and discussed career pathways with managers.
Following the tour, the students engaged with Care UK staff to learn more about the different opportunities and career development routes that are available.
Omar Taylor, Care UK’s regional director for Essex, said: “I am delighted for us to have hosted this opportunity for local students, so that they can learn more about a career in care and how care homes operate. I am proud that, as a region, we are working hard to pilot a formalised work experience programme to further allow those interested in a career in care to learn more and experience the workplace. We have a number of early career initiatives that we are developing, and we are also working with SEND schools and disadvantaged groups to raise awareness of what they can achieve, and the support on offer to them.”
Care UK’s head of resourcing Victoria Cole commented: “Care UK is dedicated to attracting young talent to the sector and developing the care work force of the future, so that they can embark on a fulfilling career with us. Increasing our engagement and activity with schools and other education providers is key to helping younger generations find out more about the opportunities available to them, and it raises awareness of careers across care. I am keen to continue delivering experiences of value to students and supporting them with their journey in finding out what they can, and might like to, do in their future employment.”