The Get Into Care initiative, run by The Prince’s Trust Scotland and leading care provider Balhousie Care Group, will culminate in the students being interviewed for real jobs as care assistants.
A celebratory event is being held this afternoon at The Queens Hotel in Perth, when the nine students will be presented with certificates to mark their achievements.
Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group, will address the students along with HR director Tricia Stewart, Finlay Laverty, Senior Head of Commercial Development at The Prince’s Trust Scotland, and programme manager Susan Martin.
The group of 18 to 25-year-olds have undertaken a six-week in-house course that included an introduction into all aspects of care with accredited learning and work placements at several of Balhousie’s 24 care homes across Scotland.
As well as learning about the Care Standards, looking after residents and their personal needs, the students have also learned how to write an effective CV, present themselves at an interview and other life skills.
Balhousie Care Group has financially supported the scheme and also guaranteed each of the students – who are from Dundee, Blairgowrie and Perth – a job interview.
Tony Banks, chairman of Balhousie Care Group, said: “The celebratory event is a great way of marking the achievements of the students, who have really blossomed over the past few weeks and received great feedback from the care homes where they have been working.
“The catalyst for Balhousie Care Group getting involved with the Get Into Care scheme was my belief that too many young people are simply written off and not given a chance to prove themselves.
“I strongly believe businesses should be proactive about offering opportunities to young people, equipping them with the skills they need to get a foot on the ladder and helping them to make something of themselves if they have the right attitude to get ahead.
“A career in care is a vocation as well as a positive career choice, with plenty of potential for personal development as well as the rewards of knowing we can make a difference to the lives of the people in our care. We look forward to welcoming many of the students to Balhousie Care Group team, which is testament to the success of the programme.”