Recruitment fair to offer jobs boost for Shropshire

Shropshire is in line for a jobs boost, thanks to a new drive to recruit workers for the care sector.

Up to 150 jobs will be on offer through the Social Care Recruitment Fair at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on September 25. The event will also provide information to people looking for college courses and apprenticeships within the care sector.

Organised by Shropshire Partners in Care (SPIC), in conjunction with the Care Workforce Development Part, Job Centre Plus and Skills for Care, the event is believed to be the biggest of its kind to be held in the county.

The initiative is designed to recruit quality care staff to around 150 full and part time roles that are available with care companies across Shropshire.

There are a variety of roles being recruited for including registered support workers, community support workers, registered general nurses, registered mental health nurses, registered nurses specialising in learning difficulties, care co-ordinators, branch managers, apprenticeships, live in carers, personal assistants and healthcare assistants.

There are a mixture of contracts on offer including full and part time, evening, weekends and zero hours.

The Social Care Recruitment Fair will run from 9am to 3pm and is for people currently seeking work, looking for a career change or returning to work. Employers that will be represented include Anchorage Care, Allied Healthcare, The Care Bureau, Positive Steps Shropshire, Allcare Shropshire, Tailored Care and Bethphage.

Visitors will be booked onto presentations delivered by SPIC/CWDP, Skills for Care and Job Centre Plus to hear more about working in the care industry, before meeting potential employers at the event. Jobseekers can also hear presentations from Shropshire Community Council and the Wheels to Work Scheme during the day.

SPIC chief officer Debbie Price said: “With an ageing population, the care sector is one that is steadily growing and the need for quality and caring staff is increasing.

“We want to be able to provide a high standard of care across the board in Shropshire and we hope that this recruitment fair will help us to target the people with the right skills for the jobs that are available.

“We did hold events like this around four years ago which were very successful but this fair has more partners and employers involved and a higher number of jobs available.

“There are around 150 jobs in Shropshire that need filling but we want to find the people who can cope with the demands of the role as well as bringing the kindness, warmth, energy and patience that is needed to the job.”

Mrs Price added: “By working with the Care Workforce Development Part, Job Centre Plus and Skills for Care we are hoping the event will be one stop shop for anyone looking for a lasting career in the care sector. It will also benefit employers by hopefully bringing candidates forward for the jobs that are on offer.”

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