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Introductory courses in social care and childcare


Are you considering working in social care or childcare?

Do you feel you need to gain skills and understanding of the roles available?

Find out more about the WeCare Wales training available to you.

About the training

We are running a funded training programme for people interested in working in social care called an Introduction to social care.

The three-day training is available for anyone living in Wales and it will take place on-line.

The training days are over three consecutive days with a workbook to complete.

The times are from 10am-2:30pm.

The training will cover the essentials you need to start working in social care such as communication, safeguarding and  working practices. When you start working in the sector, you will also receive extra support and training from your employer.

If you are unable to access the on-line training or require support, please contact us at contact@wecare.wales.

If you are unsure about a career in social care, there is a tool you can use to help you explore this and see what the work is like www.WeCare.wales/a-question-of-care-intro/.

To work within the social care sector, you will need to have some checks to make sure you are suitable to work in the care sector, we will help you with these. This will include something called a Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) check to make sure you can work in social care. Certain roles also require Social Care Wales registration.

This programme is not an accredited qualification in health and social care. For more information on sponsorships and working rights please visit www.gov.uk

Jobs

At the end of the programme our work coach will assist you, to look for available vacancies. We can’t guarantee you will get a job in social care, but you will be in a good position to find employment.

The training is free and fully funded, but you will not get paid for attending. You will receive vital skills and knowledge as you start your journey into social care.

Guaranteed interview scheme for employers

More than 50 employers have signed up to a new scheme to help more people get work in social care.

The scheme, which is run by WeCare Wales, will help anyone who’s completed the Introduction to Social Care programme get an interview, making it easier for them to get a job in social care.

The scheme is a partnership with social care employers across Wales and helps both people looking for jobs and employers.

It speeds up the hiring process, so people can get into work more quickly and gives them the advantage over other people applying for the same jobs.

It also helps employers find the right people for the right jobs, and means they can choose people who are really interested in social care work.

How it works

When people complete the Introduction to social care programme, they’re paired with a WeCare Wales work coach.

The coach will run regular work ready workshops to help candidates sharpen their CV, application forms and interview skills, so they’re ready to take their first steps in a social care career.

Participants can also work with their coach to identify further training, identify suitable roles, or pathways into social care, as well as use the guaranteed interview list to help match employers and participants into suitable interview opportunities in their area.

“An excellent scheme”

The scheme launched in July after a successful pilot with Newport-based Pobl Group, a non-profit housing, care and support provider. Pobl has already placed three people through the guaranteed interview scheme.

Richard Barnes, Head of Talent Attraction at Pobl, said:

“It’s an excellent scheme that gives a strong induction to the sector. The people we’ve hired so far have excellent attitudes, good understanding of their new roles and have bright futures ahead of them.”

Get involved

Are you struggling to employ new team members? We want to help you create a talent pool of workers. 

If you’re a social care employer who wants to join the scheme or find out more, please email: contact@wecare.wales or sign up to our next webinar on Thursday 8 of December

Young person’s introduction to social care programme

If you’re interested in learning more about social care or considering a future career in social care or social work, join our programme and begin your social care journey today. The programme is suitable for young people aged between 14–17 years and will be running twice during Easter and twice in the summer.

The training will cover:
• what is social care?
• roles within social care
• qualities and expectations of a social
care worker
• finding a job in social care
• duty of care, risk and safeguarding
• Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales)
Act 2014
• multi Agency working
• communication and barriers
• confidentiality and consent
• promoting independence
• personal resilience and wellbeing.

To book your place on one of the programmes or if you have questions about the programme please contact Anna Sullivan on 02920 780596 or contact@wecare.wales

Employers list

Anglesey

Blaenau Gwent

Bridgend

Caerphilly

Cardiff

Carmarthenshire

Ceredigion

Conwy

Denbighshire

Flintshire

Gwent

Gwynedd

Merthyr Tydfil

Monmouthshire

Neath Port Talbort

Newport

Pembrokeshire

Powys

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Swansea

Torfaen

Vale of Glamorgan

Wales wide

Wrexham

Leonard CheshireSupportLlangollenEmail | liza.wiggins@leonardcheshire.org Telephone | +44 (0)7500 027 146

About the training

We are offering a free ‘Introduction to childcare’ programme for anyone living in Wales to allow people to gain knowledge and skills in the childcare sector. This is a two-day training (dates are noted below), and by selecting this training you are agreeing to attend both sessions you have selected.

About the training

The two-day training programme will take place on-line with a workbook to complete.

The training will cover the essentials needed to start working in childcare, including:

• Group A safeguarding

• roles and responsibilities of childcare workers

• equality, diversity and inclusion

• communication including Welsh language

• health and safety including infection control

• working in child-centred ways.

If you’re interested in learning more or are considering a career in childcare, join our programme and begin your childcare journey today!

For enquiries or further information, please contact: introductiontochildcare@socialcare.wales

Follow up

If you are on an employability scheme (for example through Workways or Job Centre Plus), they may be able to help with any travel expenses for attending interviews.

We want to know how well our training works. We will contact you a month after you have completed the course to get some feedback and see if you have been successful in getting a job.

Jobs available

Employers have been asked to register any job vacancies they have on www.WeCare.wales/jobs. You can apply for these before, during or after attending the training course, but completing the course will help you to be ‘job ready’.

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