Bristol’s Proud to Care campaign has celebrated opening its first Career and Jobs Hub in the Galleries this week.
The hub is designed as a one stop shop for jobs and career’s information across the health and social care sector and other areas, with opportunities for people to meet employers face to face to get an idea of what it means to work in the sector and what opportunities are available.
Jobs on offer range from direct care and support roles to specialist care and management roles.
Whether people are looking to start a new career, looking for temporary summer work or already have experience, the Career and Jobs Hub is open for everyone with on-site interviews available in some cases.
The hub, which is a partnership between Bristol City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, will also showcase a range of job opportunities from other sectors across Bristol.
Based on the ground floor of the Galleries in Broadmead, the hub will be open Wednesday to Friday between 10am-2pm during for an initial seven week trial period.
Cllr Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care, said: “As part of our Proud to Care campaign we want to show off the range of career options available to those choosing to work in care and make it easier for people to access these. This Career and Jobs Hub is the perfect opportunity for this, helping people to get the information straight from the companies who provide care in Bristol.
“If you’re looking for a new career or a job which is rewarding and makes a difference I’d encourage you to come down and talk to one of the providers and see what they can offer you.”
The main thing employers look for in care roles are people with the right attitude, who will treat others with dignity and respect, work as a team and want to improve people’s lives. As long as the attitude is right, training can be offered to learn the skills needed for the day-to-day work.
Freeways is one of the eight providers who will have a stand in the Careers and Jobs Hub.
Claire Hayward, Chief Executive of Freeways, said: “There are a wide range of career paths open to people wishing to work in the care sector. I started as a volunteer, enjoyed the work so much that I got a paid support worker role, training in the workplace and working my way up to chief executive. You need to be committed and be passionate about making a difference to others, but the rewards far outweigh the hard work. The career and jobs hub is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet prospective employees and I’d urge anyone looking for work or for a new direction to drop in. There are so many routes you can take in health and care once employed.”
The Department for Work and Pensions who will also be on hand each day at the Career and Jobs Hub to offer general career advice for job seekers.
Adrian Carr, Employer Account Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “The Careers and Job Hub offers a great opportunity for those seeking work or looking to change Careers to access the expanding Health and Social Care Sector which already is the largest sector in the West Of England Labour Market. The sector offers a wide variety of job roles and progression routes and being able to understand these with employers at the Hub will be of benefit to all”.
Colin Lang, Centre Manager for The Galleries says, “We’re thrilled to be supporting this fantastic initiative at The Galleries. It’s always nice to know that we have potentially helped a number of people into new careers and introduced new job opportunities.”
The campaign has already launched an online jobsite which has a range of carer jobs available for people to quickly and easily apply to. To see what’s available and get more information about the campaign head to the website: www.proudtocarebristol.org.uk
You can find out more about what it takes to work in the care sector on the national Skills for Care website. www.skillsforcare.org.uk