The County Council’s newest social care staff are now able to be out on the job, helping and supporting those who need it most, after just a day and a half of essential training.
This comes after a fast-track training programme for new social care staff, was launched last week in response to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
The Fast Track Induction programme focuses on helping the new recruits become ready for work as soon as possible by teaching them the essential knowledge they will need out on the frontline, supporting the county’s most vulnerable residents.
The new programme, follows a campaign asking people who are currently looking for work across the county to come and help make a difference to the county’s residents who require social care.
59 people have answered the urgent call for new recruits to support the fight against Covid-19. Applicants include people who have never previously worked in care, as well as some who are coming back to care after previously leaving the sector.
17 people have been trained using the new fast-track training programme since its launch. Numbers on each course are restricted to six delegates so that social distancing can be observed.
The course training sessions can be run up to 5 days a week, as there is a rota of trainers available from the Council’s Apprenticeship and Qualifications Team on hand. It means that up to 30 new recruits can be trained in one week.
Sarah-Jayne Foster, Apprenticeships & Vocational Qualifications Manager at Worcestershire County Council, said: “With an urgent need for new social care staff during the Covid-19 outbreak, we were asked to develop a new, shorter training course to give new recruits all the essential knowledge they need to support our social care teams.
This shortened version of the usual induction training, can now be completed in under two days, so that new recruits can get out to work in frontline social care services much faster, providing care and support to those who need it much sooner.”
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, welcomed the new fast-track scheme saying: “Our social care teams are in urgent need of reinforcements to deliver our response to Covid-19. By developing this new fast-track training, we’re ensuring that applicants for these important roles can join the frontline within days, ensuring that we can protect our most vulnerable residents.
“I thank all of the applicants who have answered the call at this difficult time, and urge anyone else who is available for work and wants to help their community to apply for these roles now.
The training courses at County Hall are being delivered in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Training rooms are deep cleaned before sessions, while only six delegates can attend at a time.
To see social work vacancies and apply now, go to the make a real difference pages on the Council website.