Prospective NHS and CARE workers are encouraged to visit a recruitment drop-in this Friday, as Plymouth’s largest providers will be coming together for a career showcase.
When: Friday 14 October (10am-7pm)
Where: Future Inn, Plymouth (PL6 5ZD)
The drop-in event aims to bring talented people into a wide range of clinical and non-clinical roles across the city. Each employer will have staff on hand to talk about the roles on offer and their working life, with the opportunity to interview for certain posts.
Whether you are new to the sector, or come with bags of experience, staff will help to connect you with opportunities that suit you. The skills zone features local training providers on hand to provide advice and guidance to visitors on gaining the skills to propel their career to the next level.
Councillor Dr John Mahony, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care at Plymouth City Council said: “Recruitment is one of the biggest challenges currently faced by the health and care sector and while this issue is far from exclusive to Plymouth, it is an absolute priority for us to attract more staff into these vital and highly-valued roles so that we can support our local residents in hospitals, in care settings and in their homes. This event is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for a new career to find out more about the vacancies currently available and speak directly to major city employers. In addition to this, many of Plymouth’s education and training providers will be on hand to offer valuable advice about the training options available, meaning this event will be incredibly useful for everyone, whatever their current skill level.”
The joint event follows on from a successful recruitment fair earlier in the year, which saw more than 120 healthcare assistants (HCA) appointed at University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell Southwest.
Steven Elford, People Experience and Development Manager at Livewell Southwest, said: "We understand and appreciate that this is a delicate time to be considering moving jobs, careers, or indeed, starting a new one. The pandemic has led many of us to refocus on our goals, work life balance and what we want to achieve to feel valued and safe within our work as well as at home.
“For those of us in the care sector, we could not feel prouder of our colleagues. The resilience and courage shown has been nothing short of outstanding and we are really pleased to be working collaboratively with each other once again, to offer amazing career opportunities. In fact, we have never been in a better position to embrace the future, and current workforce.
“A lot of work has been put into the retention and development of our new and existing colleagues to ensure that their wellbeing and that of the communities we serve are our top priority, along with ensuring our services are sustainable.
“For those of you who are considering a career in care or are looking for that next step in the profession, even if you have previously thought about working in care but may be having second thoughts, please come and meet with us.
“We are not just offering jobs. In an area where long term employment is hard to reach, we are here to offer you a sustainable and rewarding career with real opportunities to develop and be given full support to do that".
Ridwan Adebakin came along to the event in February to build a career in nursing and has subsequently been working on Lynher Ward at Derriford Hospital.
He describes the experience so far as a dream come true, saying: “The event was very well organised, and I summoned the courage and did very well in the interview. I’m very happy I got the job.
“There are lovely people on my ward, caring and jovial, and they’ve been training me very well and I’m really enjoying it. Working for the NHS is like a dream come true for me.”
Watch Ridwan share his experience in this video: https://youtu.be/nkF6G8k-y5M What to expect from the event:
More than 20 recruitment stands:
Employers: University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, NHS Professionals, Livewell Southwest, Mayflower Medical Group, Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA), Department of Social Services, Plymouth City Council Fostering Team, Marie Curie, Next Generation, Home Instead, Prestige, Colebrook, HomeLife Carers, Nurse Plus, Beyond Limits, Lifeways, J&C Healthcare and Havencare
Training and Education: Skills Launchpad Plymouth, Proud to Care Devon, City College Plymouth, On Course South-West, South Devon College, The Prince’s Trust, and Achievement Training.
Job roles available: The event aims to bring in talented people to registered and non-clinical roles across the city’s health care system. Alongside a wide range of registered roles including nursing, the local employers are seeking health care assistants, support workers, domiciliary care assistants, domestic roles including cleaning, maintenance, porters, catering roles, and administration roles, as well as filling voluntary opportunities for befrienders and companionship, and specialist roles in youth work, mental health, addiction and rehabilitation, dementia care, along with foster carers.
Interviews will be available for certain roles
You can find out more details and sign-up for email updates at: https://NHSCAREinPlymouth.eventbrite.co.uk