Balhousie group backs careers in care scheme
Caring Times, September 2013
A group of young people from Dundee and Perthshire have graduated from an initiative designed to give them an introduction to a career in care.
The Get Into Care initiative, run by The Prince’s Trust Scotland and major care provider Balhousie Care Group, culminated in the students being interviewed for jobs as care assistants.
A celebratory event was held last month at The Queens Hotel in Perth, when the ten students were presented with certificates to mark their achievements.
Balhousie managing director Phil Whittaker addressed the students along with Balhousie’s clinical trainer Dale Mochan, Prince’s Trust co-ordinator Laura Barton, and Zoe McIntosh, clinical trainer.
The group of 18 to 25-year-olds undertook a six-week in-house course that included an introduction into all aspects of care with accredited learning and work placements at several of Balhousie’s 24 care homes across Scotland.
As well as learning about the National Care Standards, looking after residents and their personal needs, the students also learned how to write an effective CV, present themselves at an interview and other valuable life skills.
Balhousie Care Group financially supported the scheme and also guaranteed each of the students a job interview.
The graduates themselves gave a presentation on what they had learned about the care profession.
Balhousie HR director Tricia Stewart said all the graduates should be very proud of themselves.
“The celebratory event was a great way of marking the achievements of the students, who have really blossomed over the past few weeks and received great feedback from the care homes where they have been working,” she said.
“A career in care is a vocation as well as a positive career choice, with plenty of potential for personal development as well as the rewards of knowing we can make a difference to the lives of the people in our care.
“We look forward to welcoming many of the students to Balhousie Care Group team, which is testament to the success of the programme.”
The project was the latest in the Get Into… courses run by The Prince’s Trust, which offers practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people and helps them to develop key skills, confidence and motivation that enable them to move into work, education or training.
Funding from The Wood Family Trust enabled The Prince’s Trust to establish this programme in Perth, helping to reach some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.
The students came to The Prince’s Trust through the Job Centre and attended two taster sessions to determine their suitability before the course started, as well as meeting some of the residents.
They were based at Balhousi’s headquarters in Perth before being deployed to Balhousie homes including Luncarty, North Inch/North Grove in Perth, Antiquary and Monkbarns in Arbroath, Stormont in Blairgowrie, Moyness in Broughty Ferry and Auchterarder.
Balhousie Care Group now cares for more than 860 residents in 24 homes across Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Perthshire. A further two homes are currently being built at Huntly and St Ronan’s, Dundee, taking the total capacity to around 1,100 residents.
- The graduates were: Hayden Rylett, Darleen Menzies, Bobbie Cairns, Sean Duncan, Christie Hancock, Arti Bappoo, Danielle Park, Lucie Thomson, Jasmine McCormack and Lee-Anne Pate.