A new online jobs board to help local people find roles in adult care has been launched today (Wednesday 3 2017) by Bristol City Council as part of its Proud to Care campaign.
Dozens of jobs are already available to apply for on the website, with new ones added every day by employers, partners and voluntary organisations who have signed up to the Proud to Care Bristol Charter. The website also features careers advice and case studies of others already working in the sector, providing a one stop shop for both recruiters and jobseekers.
The jobs board marks the next phase of the Proud to Care campaign, which is designed to raise the profile of care workers and recruit the right people to the sector.
Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Bristol City Council, said: “Care can provide all kinds of flexible work and there’s a huge array of different roles on offer. Since launching this new campaign we’re heard from many different people about why they love working in the sector and the thing that really shines through is that care workers can really make a difference. It’s not your average 9-5 in an office, but can be so much more than that, and the new jobs board will make it easier for more people to find the right job for them. We know that care providers across the country have had problems recruiting and retaining staff in the past, so we are hoping to address this and also ensure current employees get the recognition they deserve.”
The campaign aims to reach all potential care workers, but is specifically targeting key audiences including younger people and those who have studied for a health and social care qualification; parents considering a return to work; people aged 50 plus who might want to give something back to their community; and students seeking employment over holiday periods.
Jane Redman, Managing Director of B&S Healthcare Ltd in Bedminster, is just one of the employers using the jobs board. She said: “Recruiting the right staff is always a challenge but Proud to Care is already making a difference by challenging people’s perceptions of care work. The rewards are massive, yet many people only see the negatives. To now be able to include our job vacancies so people can apply direct will make a huge difference. Care work is often very flexible and can fit around family life or study and there are lots of career opportunities once you are working in this area – I’m one example of that!”.
Bristol is working alongside 15 other councils across the South West and Health Education England on the campaign, which is the first time such a collaborative approach has been taken. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Care and Skills for Care and Skills for Health are also lending their support.
The Proud to Care campaign will run for two years. Both paid and voluntary roles can be found on the jobs board. More information can be found at: www.proudtocarebristol.org.uk