Social enterprise Realise Futures and MyGo, the employment centre for young people, are celebrating good results for their jointly-organised two-day accredited adult social care courses in Ipswich.
Figures show that of those young learners who completed adult social care courses, nearly 70 per cent are now working in the care industry.
There was a 100 per cent pass rate at a recentIntroduction to Adult Social Carecourse held at the MyGo Centre in Princes Street. One young learner, 23-year-old Matthew from Ipswich, got a care job straight after completing the course.
Learners on the course, which is run by Realise Futures Learning and Development (RFLD), gain two City and Guilds qualifications.
RFLD course tutor Dave White said: "It's aimed at learners who are really interested in starting a career in adult social care but who have little knowledge about it. The course is a nice one - covering skills, attitudes, knowledge and values needed to work in adult social care.
"The icing on the cake is when employers come to talk to the learners at the end of day two. They describe the work, and work vacancies, and then learners can go to the MyGo computers, update their CVs as a result of the two modules completed, and directly apply for care vacancies.
"This really ties together the course and applying for employment before the learners leave MyGo at the end of two days."
RFLD and MyGo - the employment centre which specialises in helping 16 to 24 year olds - teamed up to offer MyGo's customers a chance to improve their skills.
MyGo Contract Director Belinda White said: "Our partnership with Realise Futures has reaped good results for young people like Matthew who came to us to find work and to further develop his skills. His coach encouraged him to attend several courses to help him try out something different to build his confidence. He attended the social care course in November and was introduced to three employers organised through MyGo, which included Nurse Plus, a national healthcare recruitment company which works with us.
"Nurse Plus were impressed by the interest of the customers on the course and offered a number of them, including Matthew, interviews then and there for the next week. The following week, Matthew attended his interview and started as a carer one week after finishing the course with MyGo. All in all, Matthew accessed MyGo's support for less than a month before securing his job.
Realise Futures Learning and Development (RFLD) delivers adult learning courses to around 8,000 people aged 19+ in Suffolk every year. They include courses for maths and English, computers and technology, skills for work, health and well-being and family learning.
A brochure giving details of all the courses available can be downloaded from www.rflearn.co.uk. There is a big range of courses to choose from which give people a chance to obtain a recognised qualification or just learn for leisure.
Realise Futures, an award-winning social enterprise, is a specialist provider of employment support services, learning and development, and is the largest provider of careers advice services in the East of England. It is a niche further education provider in the county with a higher than average proportion of learners with difficulties and disabilities from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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