The National Care Forum (NCF) has launched a programme to help members access the Department for Work and Pensions Kickstart Scheme.
Kickstart provides funding to create new job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.
In conjunction with Pathway CTM (a dedicated social enterprise that supports young people with employability skills and employment opportunities), and long term partners Cohesion Recruitment, NCF have put together a unique package of support to help its members have the best possible Kickstart Experience.
A programme of monthly themed webinars created in conjunction with Cohesion to support workplace mentors and employers on a variety of themes includes creating a positive experience for new colleagues; learning styles; dynamics of a team and organisation; mentoring, coaching and buddying; using reflection; digital skills; a dedicated Kickstart Forum for peer to peer learning and sharing of experiences to promote best practice; and support for Kickstart placement participants from Pathway CTM.
Vic Rayner, CEO at National Care Forum, (pictured) said: “Working in a social care is amazing and an opportunity that we want as many people to experience as possible. Kickstart is a great way of matching up those interested in a career in care with organisations who can provide them with a varied and well supported opportunities to find out more.
“Over a six month period, people will be able to find out what the reality of working in social care is all about, and what it might mean for them and their future ambitions. We are really pleased to be working with Pathway, Cohesion and our members to make absolutely sure that each and every Kickstart employee gets the best experience of social care, and becomes a life-long champion of the difference that care makes to peoples’ lives, each and every day.”