ŒCare Ambassadors¹ scheme adopted by Topss

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Four young social care workers have spearheaded a scheme to attract young people into the profession. The quartet ­ Kelly Gray (24), Simon Putnam (19), Emily Rowe (20) and Natalie Foy (20) recently took centre stage at Society Guardian Live! 2004, and talked about the range of career opportunities available in the social care service. The “Care Ambassador” scheme was piloted in Dorset last year, and involves young and enthusiastic care staff going into schools and colleges and talking to students, teachers and parents with the aim of changing perceptions about career development in the sector. Using eye-catching visuals and interactive discussion, the Care Ambassadors talk about the qualifications and job roles which can be achieved, their own work, and the career routes they took. They also facilitate workshops, and act as mentors in an ongoing programme of work experience placements. The initiative has now been adopted by Topss England, and a “toolkit” has been developed, based on the pilot model. This is

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