Fifty young people will receive traineeships at Bupa care homes under an employment programme.
Bupa is partnering with The Prince’s Trust on expanding the Barclay’s Connect with Work Programme at care homes in Cardiff, Southampton, Birmingham, London and Edinburgh during the first half of 2020.
Shelley Haynes, who manages employability programmes at Bupa, said: “After a successful pilot last year, we’re really excited to expand the number of homes involved in Barclays’ Connect with Work programme. It’s such a rewarding project – not only for the young people who can build their CVs and their confidence – but for the homes too.
“We’ve chosen these five additional areas as they’re all areas where our network overlaps with that from The Prince’s Trust. For example, we’ve five homes around Southampton, so will be able to welcome trainees into a number of roles.
“We’ve been blown away by the quality of the candidates we’ve met so far and have been able to recruit people who are perfect for our homes, who otherwise might not have considered working in the sector. Here’s hoping for even more great results in 2020.”
Aimed at people from often-overlooked communities who are struggling to get a foot on the career ladder, the Connect with Work programme offers training and skills-based sessions, as well as hands on experience with employers.
Since Bupa joined the programme in 2019, a total of 13 young people have now undertaken placements at Bupa’s Kensington care home in West London. Split across two cohorts, in June and November, the individuals received hands on experience working across areas of the home, including activities, catering, housekeeping and maintenance.
To date, four of the trainees have started roles at Bupa’s The Kensington care home, while one has been offered a role at Bupa’s Heathgrove Lodge in Wimbledon. Bupa colleagues also continue to look for suitable vacancies for the other candidates.