Two charities have formed a partnership to promote careers in the care sector and support young people overcome barriers to getting into work.
CareTech Foundation and EY Foundation launched the ‘Our Future’ programme at the start of 2019 to help 10 young people fulfill their potential and pursue long-term careers in the care sector.
The one-year programme gave participants intensive employability skills training and paid work experience in care.
Professionals working in the care sector were matched up with each of the young people to act as their mentors, helping them grow skills in the sector.
The programme helped to nurture development within the wider care sector.
Reflecting on the programme, Lucy Arciuolo, mentor and Senior Estates Administrator at CareTech Community services said: “I mentored a young woman who was not sure of herself to begin with, but her confidence grew every day. Now even the way she walks through the building is more confident.
“I supported her growth by meeting her every couple of weeks and helping her to set goals to work towards. During the meetings we had the chance to talk about things that the she might be finding difficult. I think the fact that this was a mentoring, rather than a managerial, relationship meant that she could be more honest. She told me she had never had support of this nature before.
“The mentoring experience was mutually beneficial, as it gave me time to reflect on my own career and to think about setting goals for myself too.”
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation, said: “As our population ages and the demand for care grows, the need to recruit and retain more high-quality carers is only going to grow. Our partnership with the EY Foundation is already seeing real success in promoting careers in care.”