Care is job for life in Wales – those made redundant by COVID-19 urged to apply
A WALES home care provider says care roles represent jobs for life in economically uncertain times and with the threat of a recession following in the aftermath of COVID-19 (July, 2020). According to experts, unemployment figures will continue to rise with the young and those who work for non-essential retailers and in tourism, catering and hospitality potentially suffering the most. Neil Griffiths, Regional Manager at the award-winning care organisation, Abacare, which has offices in Rhondda Cynon Taf, said: “There are jobs in care for those who are people-focused and we’ve already seen some transfer their skills to us from various shops, tourist attractions and, also, professions like hairdressing and beauty therapy. “Prior to the lockdown, most High Street retailers were already reporting poor sales from their stores and we saw lots of big names close down. Now, as we start to tentatively emerge from the coronavirus and navigate the ‘new normal’, many chains are saying they will be reducing the number of shops they have and cutting back on their workforces. “People who work in hospitality, tourism and catering are also now worried for their positions, as furlough schemes taper off this summer into autumn and restrictions mean customer numbers will be much lower. These are worrying times for anyone who works in a customer-facing role, as the nation’s shopping and leisure habits are likely to change dramatically in the coming months. “Some brands have already announced cuts and closures, so it’s now more important than ever to ensure people are aware of the roles we have available in the care sector. Upper Crust and Cafe Ritazza have recently announced they are axing jobs and Café Rouge and Bella Italia restaurant chains have fallen into administration. Anyone who has been in a customer-facing role with these organisations will be able to transfer their skills to care. “The demand for carers in Wales will not fall and our profession represents one of the few jobs for life left in the country. As a nation we have an ageing population that wishes to remain living at home and, that the authorities realise, are emotionally and physically better off at home. This means the care sector is rapidly expanding, as people need care in their old age, so there will always be jobs available in home care. “We hope after the publicity of carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, people now have a better understanding of care and see it as a highly skilled, professional, vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society. Carers deserve admiration and respect. With a job for life like this, people can start at the very bottom and work their way up and we will offer them full training and access to industry-leading qualifications.” Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes. The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person-centred care to people throughout the UK. Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’. It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people as well as a flexible and supported working environment. Neil added: “We are looking for kind, honest, caring and reliable individuals who wish to have a stable and long-term career in care, and who would like to forge rewarding relationships with the service users they care for. No experience is necessary to become a carer, as free, full training is given. “We can provide our free, full training on a fast-track basis to make sure everyone we take on is ready. This includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial three months probationary period. The Government has also taken steps to ensure a quicker turnaround on DBS checks, so people can get into work quicker. “New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage. “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is looking for a change of career or someone who just fancies a bit of a change. Being a carer is an extremely rewarding job and you get to meet lots of wonderful people too.” Anyone interested should contact their local branch and details of these can be found at https://abacare.org.uk/contact-us/. People can also find out more information about job vacancies at www.indeed.com/cmp/Abacare. Abacare is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Inspectorate Wales. For more information or to enquire about a position at Abacare, please visit www.abacare.org.uk or www.indeed.com/cmp/Abacare. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2vScT97 or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.