Bupa Care Services recognised with local employment partnership award

Bupa Care Services recognised with local employment partnership award

Bupa Care Service’s Ellie Gavaghan has just been recognised at the Local Employment Partnership Awards for her work in helping the long-term unemployed prepare themselves better for job interviews.

In West Yorkshire, Bupa agreed to recruit through a Local Employment Partnership (LEP) with Jobcentre Plus to find care home staff from the local community. Ellie worked with the job centre to develop a pre-employment training programme, ideally suited to people who’ve been out of work for some time, but with specific help and advice about preparing for a role in a Bupa care home.

The LEP supports candidates who previously might not have felt confident enough to apply. Interviews are held at local Jobcentre Plus offices and candidates are guaranteed an interview if they complete a two-week training course.

Resourcing consultant, Ellie Gavaghan says: ‘I am thrilled that this project to really help people back into work has received such recognition. The course has made a massive difference to the quality of our candidates. By the time we interview them we know they are serious about a career in caring. Their confidence has increased and they are prepared for the job. The course involves visiting the nursing home so they have already met the home manager and have a feel for the place.’

Jobcentre Plus selects people who might be suitable for work in the care sector and gives them information on the vacancies at Bupa. Potential applicants then go on the training course and learn how to do the job. This partnership support means lone parents and the unemployed can compete equally with other people in the job market.

Ellie adds:’Candidates now have a level of understanding and basic vocational knowledge before they get to interview. It’s a massive confidence booster and they can put themselves across in a much better way.

‘It’s amazing to see timid characters come into Jobcentre Plus, sign up to the course and change as their confidence grows. Candidates are prepared for the job and this is a real benefit to Bupa. Our retention rates are better because there are no surprises once employees start work.’

The success of this scheme has been replicated in Manchester and now more training courses are planned for 2009 including Warrington, Leeds and Liverpool. Ellie is promoting the LEP across the whole of Bupa’s 300 care homes.

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