The number of employees recruited by Cornwall Care has significantly increased in the last three months – with 44 new staff joining the charity in October alone.
Recruitment is often a challenge in the social care industry, but Cornwall Care recruitment advisor Matthew Beer and his team have been working hard to change perceptions – with considerable success.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about what it’s like to work in care but, as someone who has spent years recruiting people into care jobs – including three members of my own family – I believe it’s a hugely rewarding career, with good progression prospects for those who want them,” said Matthew.
“A lot of my time is spent meeting candidates, job centre work coaches and anyone involved in helping people into employment – including local schools and colleges. Cornwall Care pays above the minimum wage, offers permanent posts and will always do whatever possible to overcome barriers like transport problems or family commitments.
“At Cedar Grange in Launceston, for example, we’re using a minibus to bring staff in. We’re also very aware that lone parents find it difficult to work shifts and do whatever we can to accommodate them. Investing in our employees, training them properly and making them feel valued are central to our ethos.”
Cornwall Care is the largest independent provider of care in the county, employing around 1400 people. It has 16 residential homes with more beds than the local NHS and a network of domiciliary teams providing care in people’s own homes.
“Individuals are at the heart of everything we do,” said Chief Executive Officer Anne Thomas. “Recruiting motivated, compassionate staff into a happy working environment results in those we support feeling comfortable, respected and well looked after too.
“I’m really pleased with our continually improving recruitment figures and would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone who has recently joined us and express a heartfelt thank you to the many loyal staff who have been with us for years and are our mainstay.”
Anyone interested in applying for a Cornwall Care vacancy should visit the website or call 01872 265427.