60 firms offering social care vacancies during free virtual jobs fair being held on Twitter


A virtual jobs fair for people looking to find employment in the social care sector across Leicester and Leicestershire is being staged online next week.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has chosen Twitter to help fill roles being advertised by up to 60 care companies who are looking to take part.

Jobcentre Plus, which offers support on behalf of the DWP for those people currently out of work, said there are also other job opportunities available in the area – despite the unemployment rate being on the rise in the city and county due to the coronavirus crisis and lockdown.

To check out what’s on offer, follow @JCPinLeics and the hashtag #virtualln on Tuesday, August 18.

Roger Matthews, Leicestershire Customer Service Team Leader for Jobcentre Plus, said: “We have a Virtual Care Jobs Fair on Twitter planned for Tuesday.

“We have around 60 care companies interested in taking part. They will be posting – copying in our handle and hashtag – or we will post on their behalf.”

Vacancies are currently available in the local civil service too, including jobs within the DWP itself, while bus companies are looking for drivers.

There are also warehouse worker positions currently being advertised, and even jobs in the hospitality industry – a sector among the hardest hit by Covid-19.

Arriva Midlands is looking to train new bus drivers

Mr Matthews said: “DWP Leicestershire is coordinating recruitment for Oodles, a new restaurant/bar opening in Loughborough around the second week in September.

“The family-owned food brand is one of the UK’s leading fast, casual dining companies serving authentic Indo-Chinese food since 2010.”

He added: “The employer is keen to meet potential employees face-to-face, and the DWP has sourced a suitable venue large enough to host two group sessions of up to 30 people (allowing for social distancing) for the initial launch sessions, English and maths assessments and enrollments.”

Amazon Fulfillment Centre, Ellistown near Coalville
Amazon Fulfillment Centre, Ellistown near Coalville

An information day will be held at the Ramada Hotel, in High Street, Loughborough on Wednesday, August 19, with a morning and afternoon session offering a total of 50 places, allowing for social distancing.”

Mr Matthews said: “The course will be held between August 24 and September 10, followed by a guaranteed interview on September 11.

“Participants will work towards a C&G Level 1 certificate in Customer Service, C&G Level 1 Certificate in Employability and Level 2 Certificate in Food Hygiene.

He added: “There are also 17 positions available across Front of House, Prep Chef and Chef who will start work by mid-month in September.”

DWP Leicestershire will be running an online ‘work academy’ through Acorn recruitment for warehouse and storage staff with Amazon, near Coalville.

It is working with Arriva buses buses to run a four-week SBWA (sector-based work academy) in passenger transport bus and coach driving.

Mr Matthews said: “This is the first onsite training course to be held since the lockdown due to Covid-19. Each customer will be getting one to one support.

“On completion of the course there will be an opportunity to work for Arriva.”





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