Care group in bid to recruit trainees from all walks of life

Employees will be given the necessary training and qualifications to allow them to support young people.

A charity which provides care services for young people is encouraging people from all walks of life to work with the organisation.  

Paisley-based Kibble set up the Staff-in-Training programme a number of years ago to try and address recruitment challenges faced by the health and social care sector. 

People within the initiative are provided with extensive on-the-job training as well as college level education for one year while earning a salary.  

Janey Franchi worked in retail before applying for one of the trainee child and youth worker positions and said it had been a “great experience”.

She told STV News: “I love coming in and knowing that no two days are going to be the same.  

“You come in one day and one of them might be a bit grumpy, but we all have our grumpy days.

“By the end of the day they’re your best pal and they’re coming and sitting with you and they’re looking for you to have that conversation with. 

“I could not recommend it enough.”

The charity helps young people who have faced trauma in their lives including residential and community support, as well as dedicated schools and wellbeing services. 

The recruitment initiative has been so successful the charity is now doubling the annual intake of trainees. 

Mark MacMillan, director of corporate services at Kibble, said: “It’s not about their experience, it’s not about what they were trained to do in the past, it’s about their values. 

“We’ll provide the necessary training, qualifications, to allow them to support our young people and give them a better chance at life.”

Those who complete the 12-month training will be guaranteed an interview for a role with a salary of more than £28,000 and have further career development opportunities.   

Karen Kerr, Kibble HR manager, said: “Once you start your career in Kibble, even after the programme, if you do gain employment, your training doesn’t end there.  

“We have staff currently doing masters level qualifications, PHDs, so it doesn’t just end with the training programme, it continues throughout your time as an employee.  

“With Kibble there’s always various opportunities for further development, further qualifications.”

Anyone interested in applying can visit the Kibble website.

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