Careers in care await Falkirk school leavers

Young people looking for a job in the care sector will be able to get a head start on their career path thanks to a new modern apprenticeship at Forth Valley College (FVC).

By James Trimble
Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:46 pm

School leavers are being urged to get in touch with Mears Supported Living now the firm has teamed up with FVC and is looking to recruit new apprentices for the autumn term.

Lisa Paterson Mears Supported Living central team manager, said: “Places are limited so we want to encourage those young people in Falkirk who are interested to come forward to find out more.

“I think it demonstrates how good this job is when I can say several of my team members have over 30 years’ service within the original foundations of the company. If you enjoy working with people, then I recommend this job for you.”

Mears Supported Living has teamed up with Forth Valley College to offer students modern apprenticeships in the care sector

The modern apprenticeship programme involves practical training with the care teams at Mears Supported Living and blended learning, with distance learning, at FVC.

Students will be working towards an SVQ qualification in Health and Social Care within 18 months.

“There are 90 care workers in my team,” said Lisa. “They work providing essential support in full and part time roles. Support is given to people for example, with disabilities such as autism, learning difficulties, mental health issues or physical disabilities and the age range we support starts as young as 18.

“I love my job and have always had great satisfaction working in this sector. We make a real difference to peoples’ lives. As well as providing everyday living tasks we ensure we look after the health and wellbeing of the individual we support, assisting people to enjoy their hobbies and interests.

"That’s been a bit curtailed during lockdown but once restrictions are lifted, we hope to expand the support we offer once again. This might mean accompanying someone to college classes or attending a day centre.

"One of our service users we support is at present taking on a walking challenge we are working with them on that exciting event. We deliver care packages with various hours for the local authority in each area, and work in partnership with other health professionals providing support – such as speech and language therapy, or dieticians.

People can call 01259 768675 for more information.

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