A group of unemployed young people who took part in a new initiative designed to give them an introduction to a career in social care have gratuated earlier today.The Get into Social Care initiative, run in partnership by The Prince’s Trust Scotland, Enterprise North East Trust and Cornerstone and funded by the Wood Family Trust, will culminate in the young people being interviewed for real jobs with the organisation.
A celebratory event was held today at the Aberdeen Town House where the young people were presented with certificates to mark their achievements.
Edel Harris, Cornerstone Chief Executive, addressed the students along with Regional Director, Jayne Findlay, and Prince’s Trust programme manager Susan Martin.
The group of 17 to 25-year-olds have undertaken a five-week in-house course that included an introduction into all aspects of social care with accredited learning and work placements at several of Cornerstone’s services throughout Aberdeen City and Shire.
As well as learning about the Care Standards, and helping to look after those supported by Cornerstone, the young people have also learned how to write an effective CV, present themselves at an interview and other life skills.
The Trust’s Get into programmes are designed to give young people the skills and qualifications required to gain employment. The courses provide young people with work experience and industry recognised qualifications to access career opportunities in industries such as catering, mechanics and oil and gas.
Edel Harris, Cornerstone’s Chief Executive, said: “Cornerstone has been delighted to be involved in the Get into Social Care project with The Princes Trust because anything we can do to encourage young people to view a career in social care as an exciting opportunity has to be a good thing. I am looking forward to awarding certificates to those who have completed the course.”
Susan Martin from The Prince’s Trust, said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job in Scotland. That’s why courses like these are so important. What we do works – three in four young people on our schemes move into work, education or training.”
The project is the latest in the Get into courses run by The Prince’s Trust. The youth charity offers practical and financial support to disadvantaged young people and helps them to develop key skills, confidence and motivation that enable them to move into work, education or training.
Cornerstone provides care and support services for more than 2,000 adults, young people and children across Scotland who live with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health problems and other support needs.