Essex County Council and Tendring District Council (TDC) are asking residents to consider working in the care sector to help fill the high number of vacancies and improve the lives of elderly and vulnerable people.
A jobs fair on Thursday 30 March (10am to 2pm) at Clacton’s Princes Theatre will give job seekers the chance to meet local employers and find out about current vacancies and the rewards of caring for others.
They can apply and have an informal interview on the day and can find out about training, apprenticeships and one-to-one support. For details and bookings see www.essexgiftofcare.org.uk.
The job fairs and ‘be the reason…’ message are part of The Gift of Care campaign launched last year to change the perception of working in social care and reduce the recruitment shortfall.
The campaign is led by Essex County Council working with boroughs, districts and care providers.
More than 450 vacancies are advertised each month by the county’s 1,300 care providers, and demand for care is growing as our older population increases. There are all sorts of roles: cleaners, caterers, carers, nurses, care planners, service managers and specialists like social workers and therapists. Full time, part time and flexible roles that could fit around other commitments are available.
To help employers Essex County Council is covering the costs of DBS (criminal records) checks on all new recruits employed through the campaign and funding the jobs fairs and promotion.
To book see www.essexgiftofcare.org.uk
Follow the campaign at www.facebook.com/giftofcare and on Twitter #giftofcare.