Paisley-based Kibble care group is trying to recruit interns from all walks of life

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A charity that provides youth care services encourages people from all walks of life to work with the organization.

Paisley-based Kibble set up the Staff-in-Training scheme several years ago in an attempt to address recruitment challenges facing the health and social care sector.

Members of the initiative receive extensive on-the-job training as well as a college-level education for one year while earning a salary.

Janey Franchi worked in retail before applying for one of the child and youth intern positions and said it had been a “great experience”.

She told STV News: “I love coming and knowing that no two days will be the same.

“You come in one day and one of them may be a bit grumpy, but we all have our grumpy days.

“At the end of the day, they’re your best friend and they come and sit with you and they look for you to have this conversation with.

“I can’t recommend it highly enough. »

The charity helps young people who have experienced trauma in their lives, including residential and community support, as well as schools and dedicated welfare services.

The recruitment initiative has been so successful that the charity is now doubling the annual number of interns.

Mark MacMillan, director of business services at Kibble, said: “It’s not about their experience, it’s not about what they’ve been trained to do in the past, it’s about their values.

“We will provide them with the necessary training and qualifications to enable them to support our young people and give them a better chance in life.

Those who complete the 12-month course will be guaranteed an interview for a position with a salary of over £28,000 and further career development opportunities.

Karen Kerr, Human Resources Manager at Kibble, said, “Once you start your career at Kibble, even after the program, if you find a job, your training doesn’t stop there.

“We have staff who are currently working on master’s level degrees, doctorates, so it doesn’t just end with the training program, it continues throughout your career as an employee.

“With Kibble there are always various opportunities for further development, further qualifications.”

Anyone interested in applying can visit the Kibble website.

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