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Back to work care academy
(recruits from the latest care academy)

Alliance Homes offers a range of support to help people into work and training.

Last year we helped 147 customers into employment, supported 410 onto skills programmes and 11 into apprenticeships.

The Alliance Care Academy and Construction Academy were both set up to provide opportunities for people to gain new skills as a way into employment.

The Care Academy offers a training programme with a guaranteed job interview for people, interested in a career in Care. It was set up to fill a carer shortage in the area and break down barriers for unemployed residents and local people by giving them the confidence and support to succeed.
It is already helping to reduce the number of people waiting for care and is supporting residents to unlock their potential, gain relevant skills and confidence.

Within a month of being set up in October 2015, the first recruits had been offered jobs. We then ran a second Academy in February 2016 and one in May. 52 people have been through the Academy and we have offered 37 people jobs. All those who were offered a job were previously unemployed and 12 live in an Alliance Homes’ property.

Emma Watts attended the May Care Academy and said: “I have been looking to do care for a while and the only thing holding me back was my confidence. I would be too nervous to even pursue any job interview, knowing I would be on benefits for the rest of my life made me very depressed.

Now I am in the right direction for a career in care and now that I’ve done the training and have been working alongside other carers, I can hold my head up high in confidence and say “I did this”.

The next academy will run in September, to find out more about the Care Academy call Alliance Living Care on 03000 120 447 and speak to Niki Taylor of Ros Wlaznik or visit the Care and support section on our website.

We have also developed a Construction Academy to help more young people access work experience and job opportunities in the building industry.

The two week programme, which ran in June, gave participants the chance to try their hand at a number of trade skills including carpentry, plumbing and bricklaying.

A work placement was also up for grabs to work on Tamar Court, Alliance Homes’ new supported living facility which opens in Worle, later this year.