The ‘We Care Academy’ is a Leeds City Council recruitment initiative which helps organisations in Leeds recruit and train care staff. They work collaboratively with a variety of care and health organisations and help individuals discover a new career in care.

We Care Academy provide:
• One week of nationally recognised and accredited training for candidates, to achieve the CACHE Level 1 award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care – delivered by Leeds City College.
• Guidance and arrangements for a one-week work-experience placement. This allows both trained candidates and care providers a trial period before committing to paid employment.
• Secured references and portable DBS funded by Leeds City Council.

Future recruitment days take place on:
• 2, 7, 9 and 21 September
• 5 October
• 2 and 16 November

For more information or to get involved, please contact: [email protected]

New: Kickstart scheme fund. This fund enables employers to create new six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
The government will cover 100% of employment costs for 25 hours per week. This includes the employee’s salary at the appropriate minimum wage for their age and national insurance and pension contributions.
Employers can apply for up to £1,500 per person to cover start-up, support training support and employability support costs paid on commencement of placement.

The role of We Care Academy:
• They will help recruit candidates through our award-winning, values-based recruitment process, in conjunction with the Department of Work and Pensions.
• To ensure quality and sustainable placements, they will carefully match young people, based on employer requirements; the young person’s area of interest; and where they live, in Leeds.
• They will fund a portable enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
• Over the course of their 6 month placement, your new candidate will attend the We Care Academy to receive bespoke classroom-based training to complete Cache Level 1 ‘Preparing to work in adult social care’ and they will also deliver wraparound employability support to candidates, including application workshops, CV building and interview techniques.
• They will charge a one-off fee of £500 per placement for this support (payable from the initial £1,500 funding to employers).

You must provide a new and different (not replace existing or planned vacancies; or otherwise negatively affect existing employees) job role to those already in place within your organisation; and the role should not require people to undertake extensive training before their placement begins.

To find out more about this new initiative, or to discuss the types of roles you have to offer, please contact: Jane Brown at [email protected] 0113 378 5630 / 0771 221 7216.