Step into Care Programme – The We Care Academy

Step into Care is an established sector-based work programme helping people across the city gain employment into the Social Care industry. By understanding the barriers to getting into that first role, we designed a programme to help develop the knowledge, skills and experience social care employers are looking for. To help with this are a supportive team guiding candidates through the employment journey. 

Watch this video to learn more about social care in Leeds.  

Our Programme: 

  • We ask everyone to attend an Assessment Day; This is based at Merrion House, here we will assess your Values, English and Maths. We ask you to reach a minimum of Entry 3. If you are successful, we will invite you to a Values Based Interview on the day. Right to Work and identification is required so we can complete a DBS (funded by us) 
  • Successful candidates are then asked to attend some training; This has been developed with social care managers to ensure you are as prepared as possible for working in the industry; Content includes, Safeguarding Adults, Person Centred Care, Role of the Care Worker, Communication, Equality and Diversity, Principals of Care. You will also be asked to complete 8 E-Learning modules which you gain certificates for. 
  • Once you have received a DBS back, you will complete a shadowing opportunity. This will be with an organisation looking to recruit; we work with all candidates to try and keep roles local to reduce travel time and cost. 
  • If the shadowing opportunity is successful, you will be offered an interview with the organisation. 

Candidates are asked for the following: 

  • To have no prior formal experience in the social care industry. 
  • To be able to commit to the training. 
  • To be able to work at Entry Level 3 in English and Maths. 

The Step into Care team are there to support anyone eligible for the programme into a role. All we ask is that you communicate with us so we can fully support you. 

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