SUNDAY is the first NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day – and will promote exciting career opportunities.
The NHS employs 1.4million people and social care 1.6million, but many hospitals and care homes are struggling to recruit.
Jobs site Adzuna reports 3,953 vacancies for NHS registered nurses, 3,407 for practice nurses, 3,490 for GPs, 2,675 for healthcare assistants, 3,243 for admin staff, 1619 for pharmacists and 1,498 for physiotherapists.
Work coaches at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are now helping jobseekers who have transferable skills to move into careers with the NHS.
Teenager Omar Mohammed was struggling to find his first job during the pandemic when his work coach referred him to a Kickstart scheme at the Royal Manchester Paediatric Unit.
After impressing bosses with his IT skills, he landed a full-time job as an NHS administrator there.
Omar, now 20, from Manchester, says: “The Kickstart scheme gave me my first job.
“I’m delighted I’ve been taken on permanently at the Manchester Paediatric Unit. Working for the NHS is so rewarding.”
Employment Minister Mims Davies says: “The NHS can provide fantastic progression opportunities and a really rewarding career.
“Any jobseekers who have the skills — or would like to be supported to build some new ones — should speak to their work coaches about the roles that are on offer and the training available, including through our sector-based work-academy programme (SWAP).”
Job hunters can also move into social care roles, with free training from top employers.
Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association (NCA), says: “We are often forgotten, which is why the NCA is committed to supporting this national awareness day and ensuring that our workforce are celebrated alongside their colleagues in the NHS.”
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WORRIED about protecting your job during a recession? Rita Trehan, of HR consultancy Dareworldwide.com, reveals her top tips.
- Focus on your results over the past three months. Work out how you have contributed to the bottom line and be prepared to bring these up in one-to-one meetings with your manager or boss. The more examples, the better.
- Support and motivate your colleagues. Doing this will position you as a team player – exactly what a company needs in times of crisis. Make sure that you’re actively supporting and championing your colleagues in the workplace too. Give support and feedback when your delegates do a good job, help out team members who are over capacity or stressed, and contribute to ideas on projects that are not yours.
- Identify and seize opportunities that add value. By doing this you can increase your chances of showing you’re commercially aware, and interested in not just saving your role but the business too.
- And remember . . . many forces are beyond your control in a recession, but if you direct your energy towards developing a strategy, you’ll have a better chance of riding out the storm.
WHATEVER work pattern you want, you’ll find it with a care role.
Employers need staff around the clock in dozens of different roles, so check out what’s available in your area during this week’s Care Home Open Week.
More than 1,000 care homes have opened their doors to potential staff with more than 35,000 jobs now available nationwide.
Rebecca Woolley, Championing Social Care Director, said: “Care Home Open Week is the perfect opportunity to share your employment and volunteer opportunities with your community.” You can find out more at championingsocialcare.org.uk.
ONLINE bank Monzo has 30 roles, including CRM manager and Data Analyst. Visit jobs.thesun.co.uk
THE UN has predicted there will be 24million jobs worldwide focusing on sustainability by 2030, but you can find one much faster.
New job site Jobsforgood.io only features vacancies that meet sustainable criteria, including renewable energy, health and wellbeing.
Research from professional services firm PwC found 68 per cent of young people want a role “with purpose” and all companies are vetted for their “For Good” credentials before being added to the website.
CEO Olivia Spaethe said: “We’re here to plug an important gap between sustainable start-ups looking for workers, and those looking for the right do-good company to work for.” Visit Jobsforgood.io