Supporting Employability Skills in the Care Sector - Cornerstone Community Care

BY David Doig Foundation

Cornerstone Community Care supports individuals and families affected by ASD spectrum conditions, learning disabilities and other support needs.

Support is focused on four key areas, social inclusion, improved health, improved independence and improved well-being. They deliver services to children, young people and adults.  The group have gained a reputation for providing a range of activities, such as play schemes, short breaks, training academies, advocacy and advice and independent living skills.

A grant from the David Doig Foundation helped deliver a five week ‘employability in the care sector’ training programme for 12 disadvantaged young people from Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Additional personal skills of time management, team work and other essential workplace competencies were also taught. The participants were also supported into further training education or apprenticeship opportunities.

Sarah was 18 years old, had left school with no qualifications, and had a chaotic lifestyle.  Sarah found out about Cornerstone’s enhanced programme through an advert on social media and applied through the Princes Trust. The programme consisted of two weeks classroom learning and a two weeks work placement, where she gained experience of caring for individuals and families. Sarah enjoyed the training and care giving elements of the course so much so that she opted to complete an enhanced training programme:  ‘Certificate of Work Readiness’ run by Skills Development Scotland.

She then completed the ‘Get into Care’ training programme offered by The Princes Trust. On completion of the programme Sarah was offered a relief post as Support Worker, she quickly became an integral part of the team and a further two months later she secured a 30 hour contract with Cornerstone.  Sarah is now taking further training in self-management and is in the process of saving up to buy her own property.

 

 

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