New care programme proving popular in the wake of Coronavirus

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, our Get into Healthcare programme is helping jobseekers into employment as demand increases in the health and care sectors.

The unrelenting spread of the coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased demand on the health and care sectors since the beginning of the year, and in particular, is having a disproportionate impact on the clinically vulnerable, including the aged and those needing support with mental health issues.

While there are over 2 million people working in the health industry in the UK alone, there is a continual need for the recruitment of healthcare professionals to cope with this unprecedented demand and to ensure that the health and care sectors continue to function at optimal levels at all times.

Newham College has launched a new programme called Get into Healthcare, which has been designed to address this shortfall. Get into Healthcare is aimed at helping those who need the most support to get into employment in one of the many varied roles within this vast industry. The programme’s objectives include contributing towards relieving unemployment within the area as well as to help boost the health care sector by training enthusiastic and committed new recruits.

The course is free of charge for those who are unemployed or economically inactive and live in London, and is totally focussed on helping people achieve their goals, whether that is to find work within the health and care sector, or to identify further learning opportunities to help them secure entry to higher-level positions.

Executive Director for Strategy and Innovation – Matt Fawcett said, “The health care sector employs many people; not just those in face to face care jobs but in the varied roles of administration, customer service, hospitality and catering, IT, finance, patient support and so on. For the Get into Healthcare programme, we are working with employers, integrating them into the course delivery in order to talk about real job opportunities with learners, as well as encouraging them to bring along application forms and details of live vacancies for them to apply to.”

Andy Marriott, Project Manager for Get into Healthcare added, “As well as being available free of charge to local unemployed residents, the course includes the chance to get additional help achieving qualifications in English, Maths and Digital for those that need it, as well as the chance to undertake industry-specific courses at Level 1 and 2 [and] unaccredited courses in important areas such as employability support. Our aims are to help people to secure employment as well as further learning for those that choose it.”

As part of the marketing strategy for the programme, the project website was recently launched with information about the courses available and how individuals and companies can get involved. The website can be found at getintohealthcare.co.uk.

The College is already busy enrolling new learners for the next cohorts, running assessment and information days every week for interested learners. Assessment session numbers are limited but if you are interested in pursuing a career in the health and care sector, contact Andrew Marriott at andrew.marriott@newham.ac.uk, Sharon Kyomugisha at sharon.kyomugisha@newham.ac.uk or call 020 8522 5700 now for further details about this programme.

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