Up to 100 new jobs are set to be created at a Lynn-based care agency in response to the spiralling demand for care services.
Home Instead Senior Care, which has its offices in London Road, are offering a 100 free training places for caregivers. The jobs will be part-time positions and are due to be created over the course of the year.
The move follows in the wake of cuts to social care budgets which has created the need for more carers to enable elderly people to remain in their own homes as long as possible.
Speaking about the need to train more staff, Tom McEwan, manager of Home Instead West Norfolk, said: “The impact of a national shortage of carers is being felt locally and creating problems for the elderly in particular. In 2016 it’s time to care.
“That’s why we have just released 100 training places for people who wish to work in the care sector. Our service is companionship-based so people don’t need to have experience. What’s really important is that people have the right attitude and a caring and empathetic nature.
“The service we provide is focused on providing much-needed company and social stimulation to elderly people as well, of course, as more traditional care services.
“We match clients and caregivers based on shared interests and following initial induction training, our caregivers receive additional training based on the individual needs of the clients they are matched to.”
On completion of their initial training, caregivers will become eligible to receive the nationally recognised Care Certificate and can go on to further develop their skills with additional qualifications should they wish. A great example of this is Home Instead’s bespoke Alzheimer’s Care Training Programme which is accredited by City & Guilds.
Tom added: “Our award-winning service is provided by a fabulous team of dedicated, caring and compassionate individuals, many of whom work part-time and all of whom are passionate about making a difference to their clients’ lives.”
Anyone interested in applying for one of Home Instead’s training places should contact 01553 764664 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/southlincolnshire.