A team of previously unemployed workers are finally being given the opportunity to show their true colours after being recruited by Ayr-based care company, Rainbow Services. The 16 recruits have been supported into their new roles by employment specialist Ingeus, which gives long-term unemployed people the skills and support they need to get back to work.
The recruits benefited from a new four-day training programme jointly developed by Ingeus and Rainbow, held at the Ingeus branch in Ayr town centre. The training covered all elements of being a home carer, giving applicants a real appreciation and understanding of the role before their interview.
One successful recruit, Leanne Cuthill from Patna, was unemployed for two years before attending the course and was ‘over the moon’ to be offered a job a few hours after her interview.
“I applied for hundreds of jobs but got nowhere, despite having some past care experience,” said Leanne, 23. “My Ingeus advisor really encouraged me though and after attending the course I was genuinely excited about what the job could offer. We’d covered everything from first aid to food hygiene so I felt confident that I was properly prepared to work for Rainbow.”
Leanne soon completed her induction period shadowing colleagues on home visits and loves her new role, caring for Rainbow clients in the local community. She regularly cycles to client appointments courtesy of Rainbow’s bike initiative which keeps their carers mobile without the need to drive.
Sara Abbott, Executive Director of Rainbow Services, worked with David Ingram from Ingeus’s employer services team to develop the new recruitment process and believes that finding the right staff, while giving opportunities to local unemployed people, is the secret to the success of her rapidly expanding family-run firm. The company provides home and day care services to local authority and private clients across South Ayrshire and has recently opened a new information centre in Ayr town centre.
“It is vital that we find the best people and we strive to find quality local staff to care for clients in their own homes,” Sara explains.
“The right personality and attitude are what we look for and working with Ingeus has given us the chance to try a new approach to recruitment. Ingeus applicants fully understand our roles and are enthusiastic and hardworking. The facilities at the Ingeus branch are fantastic, all the interviews were arranged and there was no need to spend time and money on advertising. Care services are in constant demand and we’ve found a win-win approach to recruiting care staff on an ongoing basis.”
Since launching in the UK in 2002, Ingeus has supported 200,000 people in finding suitable lasting work. It is now a leading provider of the Work Programme, the government’s initiative to tackle long-term unemployment, and delivers a cost-free recruitment service to businesses of all industries and sizes. It has 15 branches across Scotland, including Ayr.