Bournville College and Fairway Homecare provide innovative partnership

Bournville College and Fairway Homecare have struck up an innovative partnership to help local people into the care sector, offering a bespoke programme with fantastic results.

Fairway Homecare provide homecare services for young adults in the Midlands, with learning disabilities and those in need of 24 hour support.

Fairway Homecare are forward thinking and industry leading. Their key objective is to provide a wide ranging, flexible, responsive and accessible portfolio of care and care related services in a cost-effective manner, with packages that are personally tailored to suit the Clients’ needs.

Alex O’Neill, Head of Operations commented on the forward thinking approach to working with employers that Bournville College shows, “When we first met with Rose Rees, Sales, Innovation and Projects Director at Bournville College we were blown away by the innovation, imagination and how the College work with employers. We looked at a range of resources to offer including domiciliary care, health & social curriculum, work placements and offering work experience. Over the next 5 months, we are continually going to source learners in domiciliary care, home care, nursing as well as office based role.”

“It has had a real impact on the standard business model; we haven’t stopped recruiting and it is currently our main resource for our recruitment. During the four week course, learners are given fundamental experience, given opportunities to up skill and therefore removing the barriers to entry in the care industry. The feedback so far has been great and the interest just keeps on growing. We are now looking to start the next stage of our partnership with Bournville College to offer sector based programmes and offering more people the chance to gain fundamental experience and jobs in the care sector”, added Alex.

Shannelle, 31 from Wood Gate is one of those who completed the 4 week bespoke programme. After originally seeing the advertisement for the employability programme whilst completing the Access to Health Care course at Bournville College she decided to apply. Shanelle is now hoping to progress to University, the Fairway Homecare programme fitted in well with her future aspirations.

“The course is great; the trainers are brilliant, relatable, informative and knowledgeable. I’ve enjoyed learning about the different medical complications that people have – it was really interesting. Upon completion of the course, I was given medication training and given shifts that very same day! I really enjoy working in the care home environment and I would definitely recommend the course. Fairway Homecare listened to my needs, where I wanted to be and I have received great feedback from clients so far – I’m very happy”, commented Shannelle.

Fairway Homecare has recently been shortlisted by The Great British Care Awards – West Midlands Region for The Care Innovator Award and The Home Care Registered Manager Award – Awards, being held on 1st November.

For more information on the Fairway Homecare programme with Bournville College please call the Business Development Team on 0121 477 1400.