A group of local unemployed young people have found work in Health and Social Care thanks to a partnership between The Prince’s Trust, TLC Care Homes Ltd and Colchester Institute.
Eight young people have secured jobs at TLC Care Homes, which provides residential care and supported living services for adults with learning difficulties The young people were taking part in a six-week course by The Prince’s Trust called Get into Healthcare, which is designed to address the skills gaps that prevent young people from getting into work. The programme is supported by Health Education East of England to help young people into work and encourage them to access the wide range of career opportunities within the health and care sector.
The course included a combination of classroom and practical activities including placements at TLC Care Homes where the young people gained vocational experience to help them make the transition into work. TLC Care Homes were so impressed with their commitment and enthusiasm that they offered every young person a job or an apprenticeship following the programme.
Alan Betts – Director of Operations for TLC Care Homes Limited said, “This programme has supported a number of young people into Adult Social Care, setting them on a clear pathway in terms of their future careers in the sector. It has been a pleasure to work with The Prince’s Trust and Colchester Institute, with collaborative working and the vision that together we can make a difference, being at the heart of the programme. We look forward to working with everyone on similar projects over the coming year”.
Ty Leach from Braintree was unemployed before joining the programme. He said, “With nothing to do, I was spending time out on the streets and at risk of getting into trouble. This course gave me the chance to do something constructive, built my confidence and helped me realise that I want to pursue a career in care. I have done different courses in the past, but this was the first time I was treated with respect and felt people really wanted me to succeed. I would highly recommend The Prince’s Trust to anyone.”
Tracey Macrae, Business Delivery Manager – Health & Education for Colchester Institute said: “We are privileged to be involved in such a positive employability programme. Alongside the delivery of key qualifications needed for a successful career in health and social care, our specialist staff engaged the young learners with a variety of innovative activities including digital media techniques and Mindfulness.”
Richard Garnett, Programme Manager for The Prince’s Trust, said, “As well as providing training and experience, our Get into programmes instil young people with the self-belief they need to find a job and kick-start their careers. We would like to thank our partners Health Education East of England, TLC Carehomes and Colchester Institute and we look forward to our next programme in May. Congratulations to the young people on this programme who are now making great strides towards a successful future.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps unemployed young people to get their lives on track. Three in four young people supported by The Trust move into work, education or training. For more information, visit princes-trust.org.uk