Care workers and people looking to move into the industry are on the path to success, thanks to City of Wolverhampton College.

Working with JobCentre Plus and Leyland Care Home, the college’s Community, Employment and Traineeship Team has launched a course to help fill some of the vacancies that are being created due to the care home’s expansion.

Over a three week course students find out what it is like to work in adult social care, and learn about equality and diversity, safeguarding, mental health awareness, infection control, food hygiene and first aid.

They also completed a work experience placement, and once the course is finished have a guaranteed interview for a job.

Greg Ley, age 22, said: “The course has been really eye opening and interesting and I now have a better idea of what is required to work in the health sector.”

The programme was offered as part of the Sector Based Work Academy, a government initiative aimed at getting people who are receiving benefits into employment as well as helping businesses to obtain high quality staff with the right skills for the job.

For further details of courses for jobseekers contact JobCentre Plus or the City of Wolverhampton College’s Community, Employability and Traineeship Department on 01902 317710.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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