THE chance to clinch a job in the thriving care sector attracted more than 900 people to an event in Birmingham.
More than 30 employers, including BUPA, Age Concern, Claimar Care, Servacare, Nationwide Service, Solihull Care Trust and the NHS, teamed up with Jobcentre Plus and Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) to hold the recruitment fair at the Burlington Hotel.
They were inundated with potential new recruits and hundreds of people took a step closer to ending their unemployment ordeal and starting a new career in care. The event gave hope to many people as the latest Government figures showed that unemployment in the UK had increased to 1.97million.
PPDG delivers a range of Government-funded Welfare to Work initiatives across the UK, including Employment Zone, New Deal and Lone Parent mentoring, helping long-term unemployed people find sustainable employment.
It also works closely with a wide range of employers, finding suitable candidates to fill vacancies and providing training opportunities.
Centre manager Maggie Jones, of PPDG, said the event had offered hundreds of unemployed people a real opportunity to secure a job with good prospects in the thriving care sector.
“The fair was a wonderful opportunity for unemployed people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands to find out more about the many career opportunities that the care sector offers,” said Maggie.
“It was fantastic to see so many people there. We wanted to raise awareness of the vast number of jobs within this vital and very worthwhile industry.
“Despite the tough economic climate the care sector is thriving and there are many job opportunities available. Candidates do not necessarily need previous experience, as training leading to NVQ qualifications will be provided.
“Also, the work hours can vary from 16 hours and above so it is an ideal career option for lone parents because it is so flexible.
“The wide variety of jobs available range from working in a residential home as a care assistant, domestic, or a cleaner, to going out and visiting clients in their own home, being a driver, support worker, nursery nurse – or working as a personal carer for an individual client.”