3,000 out of work Brits targeted in care home recruitment campaign to support elderly during coronavirus

People at risk of being made redundant or those being asked to take extended unpaid leave as a result of the coronavirus are being targeted in a new recruitment drive by one of the UK’s largest care home providers.

Four Seasons Health Care Group (FSHC), which has over 180 homes across the UK, has launched the campaign to recruit up to 3,000 people to support their frontline care teams who are likely to be under significant pressure for the foreseeable future as a result of the pandemic.

It comes as schools across the UK close their doors, to all children other than those of key workers and increasing numbers of people self-isolate, leaving care home providers across the country to manage the possibility of future staff shortages.

The job vacancies are in care and non-care giving roles, such as food preparation and housekeeping. Applicants do not need previous experience in the care sector, just the right attitude and a desire to help. Extensive training will be provided by the company as part of the recruitment process. Contracts will be flexible to enable the new recruits to return to their previous roles, if they wish, once the pandemic has passed and all posts being advertised will be paid.

Successful applicants will undertake an accelerated training programme to enable them to work alongside experienced full-time employees. Those applying will be subject to the same robust vetting as all FSHC employees, including a DBS check, and recruits will be supervised by home managers and a clinical team.

FSHC say that they are looking for people who “are passionate, want to help, show care and empathy and have excellent interpersonal skills”.

Jeremy Richardson, CEO of Four Seasons Healthcare Group, said: “We know that this is a very difficult time for many people who are at risk of losing their jobs or being made to take periods of unpaid holiday. We have a unique opportunity to help those people by inviting them to help us continue to deliver consistent, high quality care to our residents in a period of huge uncertainty. Our residents need good care whatever the social backdrop and this is a fantastic opportunity for those, who through no fault of their own find that they have time on their hands and want to help.

“This campaign is specifically targeting people in the hospitality and airline industry that have been hit so hard by the pandemic as we feel their skills are absolutely transferable to the care sector. Working in a care home is demanding but incredibly rewarding and if you have the right attitude, and want to help the most vulnerable in society then we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with our recruitment team – the elderly in society need you”.

Anyone interested in applying should visit www.fshc.co.uk/join-us