People aged 55 and over and parents whose children are no longer dependent on them are two of the key targets for a Wakefield homecare company which is seeking to create at least 40 new jobs over the next 12 months.
Prestige Nursing + Care Wakefield has launched a campaign to recruit more carers and is particularly keen to attract those who may not previously have considered a career in care.
One of their key targets are people aged 55 and over. This is because statistics show that one in three over 55s intend to work part-time after retirement and, given their life experience, they are more likely to be suited to a career in care.
Parents of children who are no longer dependent on them are also another target.
Prestige Nursing + Care Wakefield Managing Director Mike Dooley said: “Recruiting and retaining people in the care industry is a national problem and there are a number of reasons for this, including perceived poor pay and conditions of employment.
“It is different here at Prestige because we pay new carers a minimum of £8 an hour, which is more than the Living Wage of £7.20 and if people then move into support work following training, they can receive £12 an hour, as well as other benefits such as pension contributions and holiday pay.
“The whole point of the new recruitment campaign is to send out the message that caring is not just a job, but a career.
“We now want to cast the net wider and seek out those people who perhaps previously haven't even considered a career in care
“This includes people who may be caring for a friend or loved one on an unpaid basis, mums and dads whose children have left home and are looking for a new challenge and those who have retired from full-time employment but would still like to work on a part-time basis to stay active.”
Paula Hazlehurst is a good example of how people can progress within Prestige Nursing + Care, having started as a homecare worker and now employed as the Branch Manager at Wakefield.
Paula says: “I have never looked at care as anything other as a career. It's a job which is so varied so as a carer, one moment you can be popping in to make someone a cup of tea and provide some companionship, and the next you can be helping to change the tracheostomy tube of someone who can't breathe properly on their own and who are relying on you to effectively stay alive.
“It gives you tremendous job satisfaction and the rewards are there for everyone.”
People interested in finding out more about a career in care with Prestige Nursing + Care Wakefield can telephone or email the company directly.