Quarriers has launched a recruitment drive as COVID-19 continues to raise awareness of the importance of the social care sector.

The leading health and social care charity is offering three month taster contracts as well as permanent roles across Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire, Girvan, North Lanarkshire and Fife to help deliver vital services.

Quarriers supports adults and children with a physical or learning disability, as well as families facing poverty, family breakdown and disadvantage. The roles on offer within the charity include support workers, autism practitioners and team leaders at a range of services including The William Quarriers Scottish Epilepsy Centre and Quarriers Lyssenmore Service, which supports individuals to live in their own home and enjoy an active life in their local community.

Director of People and Technology, Alistair Dickson, believes that COVID-19 has raised awareness of the important role of social care staff, and offers opportunities for a career change.

He said: “COVID-19 has been a challenging time for everyone, and this was definitely the case for the social care sector.

“We value the skills and experience of people in retail, hospitality or call centre roles who are unable to work or have been furloughed due to COVID. Individuals looking to apply should not be deterred if they do not have experience within the sector as full training will be provided.

“We’re offering people the chance to ‘dip their toe in the water’ to see if a career in care is right for them. We’re confident that Quarriers can offer a fulfilling social care career combined with training and support throughout.

“Safety is paramount and we recognise the added complexities of personal support during the pandemic. Quarriers follows all Scottish Government guidance to ensure people are kept safe and staff are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep the people we support and themselves safe. Staff also have the option to be vaccinated in line with key worker status and have access to regular testing.”

With the country in its third lockdown due to COVID, the role of social care has arguably never been more important, and Quarriers has taken on over over 100 new staff during the pandemic.

Alistair added: “During COVID, Quarriers initially offered three-month contracts to those who were furloughed or out of work, to provide an insight into what a career in care would look like. To date 75% of them have been offered a permanent contract and are now playing a key role in the organisation. With such a fantastic result we are keen to run this incentive again to encourage others to consider a career in the care sector.”

Quarriers is an accredited Scottish Living Wage employer and Alistair believes this is key in attracting and retaining the best staff.

He added: “At Quarriers, our staff play a vital part in offering high quality support. Everyone has varying commitments, and to accommodate this we offer a variety of contracted hours as well as family-friendly and flexible working policies and procedures, allowing you to achieve a good work-life balance, whether that be alongside family life, further study or home schooling.”

Full details on all vacancies can be found at https://quarriers.org.uk/jobs. To apply text JOIN to 82222. All interviews will be arranged by phone or video call.