Thousands of Airlines UK staff who have been furloughed or made redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are being offered the chance to retrain as care workers.
Cera, a London-based technology-enabled home care company, plans to alleviate the care sector’s staffing issues while making a dent in unemployment rates with the scheme.
Cera Care notes that all airlines have been forced to make difficult decisions regarding their employees, with British Airways letting go 12,000 staff.
This retraining initiative is in addition to an extra 10,000 roles Cera created at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, in a bid to offer support to the NHS.
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu MBE, co-founder and CEO of Cera, said: “Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve had three main priorities as a business. The first is to support the social care community and provide best-in-class frontline care throughout the UK.
“The second is to alleviate pressure from the NHS wherever possible by providing resource, and the third is to put people back to work – particularly those from heavily-impacted industries.
“By working with Airlines UK, we’ve taken another major step forward on all three of these fronts.
“The skills possessed by the UK’s airline personnel are highly transferable to social care, and our unique digital platform will allow us to recruit, train and deploy them into care roles at rapid speed.”