Area's newly unemployed urged to join new 'army of carers'

April 15, 2020

Lancaster & Morecambe district workers who have suddenly found themselves out of work due to coronavirus are being urged to consider a new career in social care supporting adults and young people.

Whilst much of the national focus has been on vacancies within elderly care, a UK-leading company is urging job-hunters not to overlook other vulnerable people within the community who need vital support.

Salutem, a social care company that provides care, support and education for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs and autism, have 100s of permanent positions available - and they are calling on local workers to sign up.

Kirstie Jones, Group People Director at Salutem, said the available roles are perfect for individuals looking for a rewarding and fulfilling job, where tasks vary from supporting someone to take part in a Joe Wicks online class to helping them manage their weekly food shop.

She said: “Many people will be shocked to suddenly find themselves out of work, and we understand how distressing that can be. We’re not looking just to fill temporary vacancies, we’re looking for talented individuals who can be part of our permanent team – we’re recruiting a new army of carers.

“Experience in care is not necessary – we believe that candidates from the hospitality or tourism sector, for example, will have the perfect transferrable skills.

“Supporting adults and young people with learning or physical disabilities hasn't traditionally been high on someone’s career radar, but coronavirus has changed that. Our team are key workers, we invest in their development and our employment is stable.”

To make it easy for people to start work amidst lockdown, Salutem have streamlined the application process. Candidates will be interviewed via WhatsApp, FaceTime, Skype or Zoom and preliminary training will be conducted online.

Kirstie added: “We want people to start with us as soon as possible and so we’re speeding up our recruitment process. Phone us and our team will arrange further video calls where we can get to know you and tell you more about the opportunities available.

“So if you’ve unexpectedly lost your job due to coronavirus and are unsure about your future then consider working with us. Within a week or two you can be part of a valued and dedicated team, making a real difference to the lives of some wonderful people.”

All successful candidates will be guided through a bespoke induction that recognises their transferrable skills from their previous employment and will fast-track them into work. They will have access to a comprehensive training and development programme which combines online training with more traditional workshop-based or one-to-one learning.

For more information and how to join the Saltum team then visit:

Salutem is a 3000 plus team who provide support for 1100 service users across the country. Salutem services in Lancashire include Beaumont College which offers both residential and day programmes in Lancaster.

Salutem believes everyone has the right to a happy and fulfilling life, regardless of their background or disability. We do this by delivering first-class care, education and support services