Work Placements & Volunteers
Placements and volunteering are an excellent way for people to gain first-hand experience of working in adult social care
Talent Match - Helping young people to find employment, training and work experience
Talent Match is a £100 million Big Lottery Fund investment project to help long-term unemployed young people, aged 18-24, to gain employment across England.
Talent Match offers support and advice in a range of ways:
- Supports getting young people getting into work.
- Helps finding work experience, placements and training.
- Offers regular one-to-one and group support and advice sessions.
- Helps with CVs, job applications, covering letters and interview skills.
- Supports in the lead up to, during and after employment and work experience
- Works with employers to create jobs and work experience placements
Where is it available?
It has been launched in Norwich (City Council boundaries), West Norfolk and Kings Lynn to help young people aged 18-24, that have been out of work for 12 months or more.
There are so many different options available to a young person looking to improve their skills, gain experience or find a job; ‘Talent Match’ is a great way to support someone along that journey, making sure they can get the most out of the opportunities available to them. There are already a lot of people doing great work; we’re here to help people make sense of everything that’s on offer. (Talent Match worker)
How can health and social care providers help?
You could offer a young person a four-week unpaid work experience placement. Or maybe trial a young person for an upcoming vacancy.
Involvement in Talent Match is completely voluntary for the young people, and Talent Match works together to identify areas they are interested in to ensure placements are relevant and beneficial.
If any care providers in the Norwich, West Norfolk or Kings Lynn area are considering employing, trialling or training a young person, and meets the Talent Match criteria (the young person must be 18-24 and 12+ months unemployed) then that young person is perfectly entitled to become a Talent Match participant, at which point they can be supported with the costs of any barriers to work (including things like DBS checks/work shoes/etc)
Offering work placements to college students
City College Norwich (CCN) regularly have Health & Social Care students that are looking for placements in the sector.
- CCN have a placement team who work with employers to ensure that the placements are set up quickly and effectively
- They do have to complete a health and safety check for all new placements, however this is very simple and usually takes no longer than ½ hour
- The placement team will organise for the prospective student to contact each new placement and set up a pre-placement visit
Call City College Norwich on 01603 773311 and ask to speak to someone from the placement team.
Volunteering in care homes - a new guide from Skills for Care
Skills for Care has been working in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to support the Volunteering in Care Homes Project. Skills for Care has co-produced the initial induction training for volunteers and the publication Sharing time and talents aimed at supporting organisations and employers to engage volunteers into their service. It is availabbel to download on the left of this page.
Providing Work Placements and Working with Volunteers - a guide
This new guide, written specifically for adult social care employers in Norfolk, provides all the information you need to offer work placements and take on volunteers that ensure a positive experience for all involved.
The guide has been produced by Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support and the Britten Partnership with funding from Norfolk County Council. Download it from the left or by clicking the image below.
Guidance for providers and registered managers about Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for work placements in adult social care settings registered with the Care Quality Commission.
A useful CQC guidance document about DBS checks for work placements can be downloaded on the left of this page.