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Ideal Carehomes in-house academy establishes career path for care staff.

by Lisa Carr

Residential and dementia care home provider, Ideal Carehomes, is offering in-house training to care staff to improve career progression, and above average starting salaries for new starters.

The in-house training course, Ideal Futures, was developed to provide home management experience to those who have already progressed within Ideal Carehomes and are looking to be home managers in the future.

Through eight monthly modules, participants are able to learn the different elements of managerial roles in the care homes, from staff management and HR to budgeting and marketing.

Head of Employee Engagement and Development, Sarah Colling, said:

‘Ideal Academy was founded with the idea that anyone can have a career in care. Somebody could start with us having absolutely no experience, on a starting salary of £22,000 per annum, and can very quickly be fully trained to have a career with us through our internal management course, Ideal Futures.

‘It’s really important that we have a great progression plan for our staff. It keeps them engaged and happy, and they don’t have to go anywhere else to progress.’

Of the Ideal Futures class of 2022, 11 participants graduated the course, with ten of those participants being promoted before the end of the course.

Sarah Clark, 38, graduated with the class of 2022 in June. Joining Ideal Carehomes as a part-time Care Assistant in 2018, Sarah has since progressed to Care Manager.

‘Since starting with Ideal Carehomes, I’ve received massive support. During my progression, there’s always been someone behind me saying “you can do it”.

‘Ideal Futures was really pivotal for me, because I could take things away to put into practice in the workplace. My favourite thing (about Ideal Futures) is that I can now see potential in the people I work with, and help them because I know that this opportunity is here for them.’

Ideal Futures will launch again in September 2022, inviting a new group of carers and managers to learn and progress their careers. If you are interested in a career with Ideal Carehomes, please click here or call the recruitment team on 01133 853887.

Ideal Carehomes offer 24 hour residential and dementia care in 30 homes across Yorkshire, the North West and Midlands. With more homes due to open over the next few years, there are plenty of opportunities for growth within the company. 

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