Carer Laura turns recruiter for Abacare

LAURA Isaacs from Caernarfon has recently (February, 2017) been promoted to Recruitment Administrator for an award-winning care company in Bangor.

The 28-year-old who previously worked as a carer for Abacare will now be responsible for helping to recruit new carers to the company.

Laura, who is originally from Nottingham, said: “I first joined Abacare in May 2015 as an apprentice and although I gained experience and knowledge in this role, I left after seven months to spend time with my young son. I then decided that I would like to gain more experience as a carer and returned to the company.

“I have been working as a carer since July 2016 and was approached regarding a position as a Recruitment Administrator in the Bangor office due to my previous experience. I feel that the experience I have gained out in the field helps me to speak to potential job applicants with confidence.”

Laura will be responsible for following up on all enquiries Abacare receives into its Bangor office and ensuring that successful enquiries are fully compliant with its recruitment process.

Outside of work Laura enjoys spending time with her three and a half year old son.

Peter Angelides, CEO of the multi-award winning Abacare, said: “Laura was the ideal person to help deal with our recruitment, who better to hire carers than someone who did the job previously, has all the knowledge and experience and knows exactly what we’re looking for.

“The demand for care in the area is continuously growing and our service user base is always expanding so we’re always on the lookout for kind and caring individuals who are looking for a career change and want to join us. Laura and the rest of the recruitment team will play an integral part of the decision process for who we consider for the roles available.”

Anyone interested in joining the team should call 01248 677 919 or email bangorjobs@abacare.org.uk.

Peter added: “No experience is necessary, just a willingness to care and to learn. Our company induction includes first aid, dementia awareness, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users.

“There are lots of opportunities for internal advancement for all our team members who show commitment, reliability and true passion. We provide a great support network for all of our carers too.

“Anyone who joins us can reach QCF level 2, 3 and 5 with our support and we’re urging anyone thinking of changing their job, or getting back into the work force again, to get in touch as soon as possible and not to miss out on this fantastic career opportunity.”

Abacare provides all staff with full training and shadowing before they start, and they have additional, on the job support from the team 24/7.

They are given free uniforms, access to a staff scooter scheme for those needing transport and a national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.

The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout Wales.

Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.

It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

Abacare has been awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development for the fourth year running.

Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.

It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

For more information about Abacare, please call 01248 677 919 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.