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Kibble Is Recruiting for People with Life Experience for Its Staff-in-Training Course

by Lisa Carr

National child and youth care charity, Kibble boosts career progression and learning opportunities, constantly developing the expertise of care staff. Through an in-house Learning and Development team and by investing in career development from the very beginning of a potential employee’s career and throughout, Kibble helps cultivate highly trained staff, ultimately creating a better system of care and improving the lives of young people.

Kibble’s staff-in-training course exemplifies the charity’s dedication in shaping highly trained care staff, ensuring individuals are fully qualified and equipped to enter the sector. The charity’s staff-in-training course recruits people with life experience and provides full training and mentoring to become fully qualified Child and Youth Care Workers.

Currently, the staff-in-training programme and staff support is unmatched in the sector, offering ongoing mentoring while candidates work towards an HNC in Social Care and beyond, as well as receiving first-hand experience, and are paid the living wage.

Investment into employee development and progress is a priority at Kibble. All staff across the organisation benefit from opportunity of continued learning. The Child and Youth Care Workers, who began their care careers through Kibble’s staff-in-training course, entered a mentoring qualification course through the Scottish Mentoring Network and completed it with guidance and support from Kibble. Consequently, the Child and Youth Care Workers become qualified mentors who have the ability to help further strengthen the confidence levels of their fellow colleagues, driving excellence across the organisation and wider sector.

One of the new mentors is Lola Devine (pictured) who left the hospitality sector in 2017 to begin a career in care with Kibble. Since joining the charity, Lola has worked her way through the training programme, successfully achieving her HNC and Professional Practice Award in Mentoring SCQF level 7 qualification, and is now a full-time child and youth care worker with Kibble.

Lola said: “I moved into child and youth care from hospitality with little experience, but thankfully that didn’t matter due to the extensive and thorough training Kibble were able to provide me with. Kibble recruit people with all different experience, as long they have a drive to help young people.

“I have been with Kibble ever since, and this new opportunity to become a mentor and pass on what I’ve learned during my time here to my fellow colleagues is really fulfilling, while helping me progress my own career.

“It’s reassuring to know Kibble focuses on their staff’s learning and development. The hope is that by generating the most highly trained staff in the sector, we will be capable of providing young people with the support that they need.”

Jim Gillespie, CEO at Kibble, said: “Kibble is ambitious in nature with the mission to innovate, learn and help as many young people as possible.

“We invest in employees gaining further qualifications and training, have an in-house Learning and Development team and offer our staff-in-training course to those who want to begin a rewarding career in care. These decisions have all been anchored in what’s best for the young people, and how we can improve their life experience, not just at Kibble but across the sector as a whole.

“It’s a fantastic time to join Kibble as we continue to grow and evolve. The staff-in-training course is an ideal pathway into a fulfilling career in care. Candidates receive full mentoring throughout the 12-month course and beyond.  I would encourage people with life experience to apply. The essential requirement is the aspiration to support young people and provide them with a better chance at life – as long as you have that we will work with you to make sure you have the skills and experience to become the best carer possible.”

As well as full training and mentoring, an HNC in Social Care qualification and a living wage, staff-in-training candidates are guaranteed an interview for a child and youth care role at Kibble upon completion.

Applications for the staff-in-training programme are open now. More information on how to apply and the role can be found here.

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