Your application will not be complete until you click on the Submit button at the end of the form. Once your application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received.
What kind of work will I be doing?
What skills and experience are you looking for?
Everyone working in social care needs a good standard of English, as well as numeracy and digital skills. You will need to be a self-starter, as well as able to work as part of a team.
Additional skills required to be a care worker include:
- Organisational skills
- Good listening and communication skills
- The ability to understand and follow policies and procedures
- Good writing skills to fill in care plans
What qualities should people have to work in care?
How long will I be needed for?
This depends on how much support is required. The Care Provider will contact you as and when they need your support to fill the role. Each time your support is needed, they will explain how many hours you are required to do and over how many days.
How and in what capacity will I be employed?
Will training be provided?
Will Personal Protective Equipment be available?
Will I come into contact with people who may have COVID-19?
These will be discussed with you prior to starting in the role along with the training and equipment to be provided.
What support will be in place in case I need to ask for help - for example from a Care Home Manager?
You will be fully supported by the Care Provider you work for. They will tell you who your line manager is, which team you are working in, and who you contact for help and support and how.
Can I do additional work if I am a furloughed?
If your employer says you’re ‘furloughed’, this means they are using the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme and you are still employed by them while you’re not working.
The government will only pay your employer if they have evidence you’ve been furloughed.
Your employer should have sent you a letter or email explaining you’ll be paid through the scheme. If they haven’t, ask for confirmation in writing.
If you want to get another job while you’re furloughed
You can work somewhere else if your contract with your current employer states you can. Getting a new job won’t affect your furlough pay but if you get a new job, you should make sure:
- you can go back to work for the employer who furloughed you when they decide to take you back;
- you complete the starter checklist form with your new employer. You will need to complete Section C.
Your employer can still make you redundant while you’re on furlough or afterwards.
Who will pay me and how?
When will I hear back from you?
On receipt of your application it will be available in the West Midlands Social Talent Bank to be considered and/or matched to available roles.
You may not be contacted straight away but either the local council or Care Provider will get in touch with you directly if they wish to discuss your application further.
Will I have an interview?
Yes. The interview will most likely be via telephone or video technology such as Skype, Microsoft Teams or Facetime. If you have any difficulties accessing or using this technology please let the local concil or Care Provider know when they contact you and they will support you.
Will pre-employment checks and references be required?
Yes. These will be needed in accordance with the requirements of the role. They can currently be carried out virtually where you scan and upload the required identification.