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Helping residents into work

More than 50 residents have been offered jobs by the Council following two successful employment events.

The ‘Opportunities in Care’ events, which took place last month, attracted scores of people who wanted to find out about available care roles supporting vulnerable residents, as well as other ways in which the Council can help them into work.

The Council has since made enough job offers to fill all of its social care vacancies, which include day and night support workers, roles in residential care homes, domestic workers and senior day and night coordinators.

Additionally, it has created its own ‘bank’ scheme through which the Council can offer work when it needs to cover shifts at short notice or to cover leave. This will reduce the need to employ costly agency workers in future.

In total, 183 job applications were submitted, and every candidate was offered an interview.

With demand so high, the Council is keen to host similar events in the future in order to continue to help residents access full and part time job opportunities.

The ‘Steps Into Work’ team also ran a stall at the Opportunities in Care events offering advice to help residents gain employment. The team is aiming to support 1,200 disadvantaged residents to find work between now and December 2018. This project is being funded by a £2million investment from the Council and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Eight job vacancies were offered to residents seeking help through Steps into Work.

Tony Hayward, 52, from Walthamstow, was one of the successful candidates. He said: “I was unemployed for over 10 years until I registered with Steps into Work.

“I am thrilled to be offered work by the Council. Throughout the process, I was supported by the team to complete the application form and with interview preparation.

“This will change my life financially and has given me my confidence back.”

Fellow E17 resident Sonia Rossana Barcelos Cardso also secured a job through Steps into Work. The 39-year-old said: “I am excited to be offered this opportunity by the Council and the Steps into Work team. The whole process was stress free and well organised. The interview preparation helped me to sell myself.

“I would recommend this service to anyone who wants to reach their career goal and potential, it is a fantastic and life changing opportunity.”

The Opportunities in Care events also gave visitors a chance to find out more about the borough’s Shared Lives scheme, which involves fostering an adult with learning, physical and sensory disabilities or dementia. A resident can be a Shared Lives carer alongside having a day job, and they could receive a fee of up to £430 a week to look after someone.

Officers from the Council’s Adult Learning Service (ALS) were also on hand at the events to offer advice to people aged 18-25 who might be interested in becoming an apprentice. 

The Council is working on a plan to create 92 apprenticeships for local residents, due to be launched in spring 2017.

Cllr Angie Bean, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “Not only have these events given our residents access to new employment opportunities, they’ve also helped us to discover knowledgeable and passionate carers who want to help vulnerable residents enjoy a good quality life.”

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