9 February 2021
A picture of Care recruitment kickstart for young people nationwide

A nationwide care provider is supporting hundreds of the people hit hardest by the pandemic into newly created employment opportunities.

Sanctuary Care is set to offer job placements to 300 people aged 18 to 24 as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme – a fund creating a variety of work opportunities for unemployed young people in a range of sectors.

As the pandemic has highlighted the importance of health and social care workers, Sanctuary Care’s intake will offer the successful applicants a six-month placement as either a wellbeing or maintenance assistant.

It's never been more critical to support people into work in our sector.

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Group Director – Sanctuary Care, said: “Both roles are invaluable in helping us to enrich the lives of our residents, who are always at the heart of everything we do.

“We are delighted to be involved in the Kickstart Scheme providing opportunities for young people in the current challenging job market. It’s never been more critical to support people into work in our sector, and there are clear benefits for everyone involved.

“The roles will provide valuable on the job experience for young people and it is our desire these placements will lead to long-term employment opportunities.”

The move comes as Government statistics released last month showed unemployment for young people had increased by 68,000 since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the placements, Sanctuary Care – one of only a few national care providers to offer the Kickstart Scheme in communities around the country – will provide participants with CV writing support, interview coaching and training to further develop their digital and communication skills.

Permanent roles

It is hoped that some of the roles will lead to permanent jobs within the organisation.