Step Into Work (Derbyshire) is an employment support programme which aims to help prepare unemployed adults to obtain roles in health and social care following completion of a bespoke training programme. The programme is for people aged 19-plus who are in receipt of benefits or are disadvantaged within the labour market.
Step Into Work is overseen by Health Education England and is being delivered in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions. Opportunities are offered by partner employers of Joined Up Careers Derbyshire - Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Derbyshire County Council.
The programme incorporates training in pre-employment and vocational skills. This can include training courses such as Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care, First Aid, Assisting Moving and Handling, Employability Skills to help with applications, interviews and personal development, Values within Health and Social Care, and if required, Literacy and Numeracy. Courses are delivered and assisted by training providers who are experienced in this sector. During the Covid-19 pandemic much of the training is being delivered online and through virtual learning, including the use of video conferencing and webinars.
Programme participants are selected based on being able to demonstrate the right values, qualities, and level of commitment for a career in health and social care. It is expected that having completed the training programme they will possess a good foundation of knowledge for entry into their preferred area of employment within the sector.
Following the programme, successful participants have a choice to progress onto an opportunity with one of our partner employers. These may include interview for employment in either a clinical or non-clinical role within the organisation, a short fixed-term contract during which they can be assessed for continued employment, a level two apprenticeship in health and social care, registration as a member of the NHS ‘bank’ staff in Derbyshire, or a period of supported work experience with a view to paid employment on completion.
Step Into Work helps to fill vacancies in key work areas such as care workers, health care assistants, facilities and estates such as porters, administration and clerical, and catering. Step Into Work also aims to improve under-representation within an individual employer and to provide employment opportunities to those within the local community who are disadvantaged or furthest away from the labour market. This may include those disadvantaged due to barriers such as lack of education or training, individuals with disclosed disabilities and members of BAME communities.
The programme lasts for between six to 10 weeks and normally includes a supported work placement within a ‘host’ employer. Support will be provided to individuals by the Step Into Work Project Manager and mentoring from within the employer’s own workforce. Due to Covid-19 the work placement may be affected and replaced by a period as a volunteer.
Further information from Brian Grant, Step Into Work Project Manager, via email email@example.com or mobile 07534 679648.
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