Joined Up Careers Derbyshire are teaming up with Futures for Business (formerly known as Connexions) to help promote opportunities for people looking to launch careers in the health and social care sector.

Joined Up Careers, along with the Department for Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus and Futures for Business, are looking to boost recruitment to the Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP). This programme prepares and places new entrants into the health and social care sector in Derby and Derbyshire, with new places on the programme available from mid-October.

As part of the support for the programme, Joined Up Careers will seek to identify current job vacancies, the demand for new entrants into the workforce, and service providers and locations that face challenges around recruitment.

This information will help develop a targeted outreach strategy for the programme which will be delivered through a network of caseload development officers, careers advisors and colleagues within the partner organisations.

Hazel Jones, senior project officer for Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, said: “We are very pleased to be able to team up with Futures for Business on this programme. Sector-based Work Academies link in well with our other work in supporting people into new careers, such as running apprenticeships, promoting work experience and hosting careers events. We will work with Futures for Business in the design and delivery of the training programme to ensure that it is fit for purpose in readying the participants for employment in the sector.”

Futures for Business are jointly owned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, and are publicly funded to deliver the National Careers Service, and training and employability programmes across the East Midlands. Futures for Business work in close partnership with Derby/Derbyshire and Nottingham/Nottinghamshire local authority economic recovery units to re-train, re-purpose and place people that may have lost their employment due to the current circumstances into industries and professions that need them.

Matt Hanrahan, Business Engagement Manager for Futures for Business, said: “We are very grateful to Joined Up Careers Derbyshire for their support for this programme and we are confident that by working together, we can spread the message far and wide and help support more people back into the workplace.”

The SWAP initiative will be over two to three weeks and consists of training and a qualification in health and social care, industry insight into various care roles, a short, unpaid work trial, and a guaranteed interview.

Local care providers that may be able to offer support for people on the programme are being asked to email matthew.hanrahan@futuresforbusiness.com (Erewash, Amber Valley, Derby Dales and High Peak), rachel.graham@futuresforbusiness.com (Chesterfield, Bolsover and NE Derbyshire) or adrian.richter@futuresforbusiness.com (Derby City, Swadlincote and SE Derbyshire).