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Care Academy jobs boost for Sallyann
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Care Academy jobs boost for Sallyann

Posted on 30 Nov 2021

After devoting her life to bringing up her children, North Ayrshire resident Sallyann Kelly is now in paid employment for the first time after successfully completing the CEIS Ayrshire Care Academy course.

Having been referred to CEIS Ayrshire for employability training by JobCentre Plus earlier this year, Sallyann (48) gained seven accredited care qualifications in September and has since been offered a role within North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s Care at Home team, as well as a second position at Moorpark Place care home in Kilbirnie.

The Care Academy was developed by North Ayrshire Council’s Employability and Skills team and is delivered by CEIS Ayrshire, who are contracted by the Council to provide employability support in North Ayrshire.

The training programme runs year-round, with the aim of helping those interested in a career in care to acquire the skills they need - and there’s a guaranteed interview with NAHSCP’s Care at Home Team on completion.

The scheme has helped 22 people into employment with NAHSCP to date and is open to anyone of employment age. It involves participants being supported to complete qualifications including Understanding Your Role in Care, Safeguarding Adults, Person-Centred Care, Dignity and Privacy, Nutrition and Hydration, Infection Control and Health and Safety in a Care Setting.

CEIS Ayrshire staff are also on hand to assist with job application forms, and participants will learn interview skills and undertake mock interviews to help guide them through the process and gain confidence.

A number of individuals completing the Care Academy have also gone on to find employment with independent care providers.

Sallyann said: “I’ve spent the whole of my adult life bringing up my seven children, two of whom have additional support needs, so I had never been in paid employment or even attended an interview before.

“But with my children getting older, I knew I wanted to find work and was referred to CEIS Ayrshire by the Job Centre.

“The Care Academy was really fantastic for me. I had an interest in a caring role, but just didn’t have the experience, so being able to work through the qualifications was a real confidence boost and taught me the skills I needed to move forwards. Being able to do some mock interviews really helped a lot too, as I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

“I can’t wait to start my training now with the Care at Home team, as well as at Moorpark Place, and I’d really recommend the Care Academy to anyone who is looking to find employment in care for the first time, or who has been out of the workplace for a while. It’s been really fantastic.

“My next goal is to learn to drive so that I can hopefully apply for a driving role within the Care at Home team in the future.”

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “It was fantastic to read Sallyann’s story and see the results of this successful partnership between our employability service, our Care at Home service and CEIS Ayrshire.

“Our Care at Home team play a vital role in helping individuals to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence. Our staff are able to really enhance the quality of life for those that they care for, and working in social care can offer a very rewarding career with excellent prospects for promotion.

“We would urge anyone who is interested in a career in care to consider taking part in the Care Academy or to come along to our up-coming recruitment events to find out more.”

If you’re a compassionate and caring person who doesn’t yet have the necessary experience to begin your career in care, the CEIS Ayrshire Care Academy could be for you. To find out more, contact Jacqueline at CEIS Ayrshire on 07960 145 419.

Alternatively, NAHSCP’s Care at Home team is also holding a number of Care at Home recruitment and information events in the coming weeks, where you can find out more about current vacant positions as well as staff benefits available.

Keep an eye on the North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership Facebook and Twitter pages for details of times and locations.

You can also view vacancies on the MyJobScotland website by searching for ‘North Ayrshire Council’.