Volunteering leads to job success in the care sector

Posted on: Wednesday 29 May 2019

Torfaen Employability and Skills work across several business sectors, providing recruitment and training support to companies in the area, as well as linking them with potential employees, through its range of employability projects.

A key employer in the county is the Care industry and the team have an excellent working partnership with Hafod Care, one of the largest providers of housing, care and support in south Wales.

A major part of supporting unemployed adults back into work through the ‘Bridges into Work 2’ scheme, is Voluntary Work Placements. The project aims to give job seekers an insight into various career pathways, whilst providing the employer with an opportunity to view potential employees at work, prior to making any job offer.

Hafod have offered placements to a number of  individuals, which have led to them gaining employment with the company.

Maria Atherton from Hollybush is one such individual who has been volunteering in domestic at Cwmbran House for the past month. Maria has been very successful in the role and is enjoying her time there and has recently been approached to formally apply for a permanent role with the company. 

Paul Gulliford from Trevethin signed up to the scheme back in 2014 whilst receiving support to seek employment opportunities. Paul started a voluntary placement at Hafod’s Plas y Garn Residential Care Home and now works in the domiciliary care side of the business and is doing very well.

Ashley Davies from Northville was working in a cleaning role, when he signed up to the Working Skills for Adults scheme. Ashley was keen to work within the care sector, but had no previous experience. Following a successful work placement at Hafod’s Ty Gwyn Residential Home, Ashley was offered a permanent contract and is still working at the home two years later.

Home Manager at Hafod Care Association June Clark said, 'There has been excellent communication and ongoing support from the team at Bridges into work. The effort put in to providing Voluntary places for potential individuals has really benefited Hafod and the residents at Cwmbran House. 

The team go over and above to work with us and are able to provide the training individuals need before offering the placements.'

Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration, Cllr Richard Clark said,  'With around 20,000 new care workers needed in Wales by 2030, care sector recruitment and retention is one of the top priorities for our employability teams here in Torfaen.

In addition, the Gwent Regional Partnership board are leading on a holistic approach to qualification, recruitment and retention of staff through the Career College Consortium. This is bringing together Coleg Gwent, local authority OD teams, Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board, and regional employability programmes. There is also a greater presence in secondary schools promoting the sector as a viable career option through Careers Wales ‘Education Business Exchange.’ 

If you are looking to volunteer to enter the workplace or if you are looking for more experience in order to enhance your C.V, please contact Torfaen Bridges into Work 2 on 01633 647743 or email employability@torfaen.gov.uk


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