A career in care is just the job for Victoria

A mother -of-two from Grangetown has started a new career in care thanks to the Redcar & Cleveland Care Academy.

In fact, after picking up a host of new skills at the Academy, Victoria Watson, got her pick of jobs.

“I went from not being able to get a job to being offered four,” said the 27-year-old.

Opting for a position as a support worker with Creative Support, Victoria is now loving every minute.

Victoria Watson is pictured with Michael Edwards, North East Development Officer, Creative Support. Michael inspires and motivates others to work in the sector as part of his ‘I Care Ambassador’ role which includes supporting the Redcar and Cleveland Care Academy.

Victoria with Creative Support’s .Michael Edwards

“It doesn’t feel like work,” she said. “I really do enjoy it.”

Inspired to take a change in career direction after caring for her terminally ill father, she said: “When he passed away this was what I wanted to do.”

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Mary Ovens said:

“By working directly with care companies, the Care Academy teaches a range of care based skills as well as broader lessons covering subjects such as CV writing, career planning and interview techniques.

The course is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in care. The course is free and there is a guaranteed interview at the end.”

The next six-week Care Academy starts on Monday 10 June at Redcar and Cleveland College, a drop in information session is being held at the College on Monday 3 June at 10.00am. A further Care Academy is scheduled to start on Monday 5 August at the College.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and wish to gain employment in the adult care sector. If you are interested, please call 01642 865561 or email: employability@stockton.ac.uk.

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