Find out more about working in childcare
Date Added: 10/06/2015
Anyone looking for a career in childcare is invited to a recruitment and training event next week where information and advice about working with children will be available.
It is being organised by the Central Bedfordshire Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention (The Academy), a partnership between the council and the University of Bedfordshire which offers learning and development opportunities to anyone already in the childcare workforce in Central Bedfordshire or looking to join it.
This includes anyone looking to gain qualifications to work as a children’s social worker or in a childcare setting, people seeking apprenticeships or even basic skills to help them in their job search, which will be on offer from the Adult Community Learning team.
The drop-in event is being held in the council chamber at Priory House, Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5TQ, from 4pm to 7pm on Thursday 18 June.
Refreshments will be available and while qualifications are aimed at those aged 16 and over, all ages are welcome. There will be activities for any children who attend too.
The Fostering and Adoption team will also be at the drop-in event offering advice to anyone looking to foster in Central Bedfordshire.
There is a particular need for people to foster older children and teenagers, sibling groups and for foster carers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
Councillor Amanda Dodwell, Deputy Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: “The Academy has been a great success since it was set up last year, and through various innovative events and recruitment campaigns, has helped to reduce children’s social worker vacancies at the council by 20 per cent.
“It also plays a vital role helping people to acquire qualifications to work in other childcare settings, such as schools and nurseries and has helped around a thousand people since it was set up.
“So if you are already working in childcare, unsure what to do once you get your exam results or looking for a change of career, I’d advise you to go along.”
For more information visit www.centralbedfordshirechildrenstrust.org.uk, email [email protected] or call 0300 300 8131.