300 care assistant jobs on offer at Greater Manchester Cera recruitment events in April

Drop-in events are being held in four Greater Manchester boroughs in connection with the recruitment drive - here’s what you need to know.

If you’re thinking about starting a career in caring then the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder could be here.

Care firm Cera is embarking on a massive recruitment drive as it looks to add almost 300 staff to its ranks across Greater Manchester.

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It is recruiting for care assistants in four boroughs of the city-region and is holding drop-in events for potential employees.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of applying.

What do I need to know about Cera’s recruitment drive?

Cera is a provider of healthcare at home and it is having a major drive to add more local staff.

It has almost 300 care assistant positions available in Salford, Rochdale, Bolton and Wigan.

Recruitment events are taking place in all four boroughs on 28 April between 10am and 2pm to answer any questions potential applicants may have about the jobs or the company.

Cera provides at-home care and has contracts with more than 100 local authorities and CCGs

Cera says its roles might particularly appeal to students about to graduate, experienced workers considering a career change or employed workers looking to supplement their current income.

Thousands of carers and nurses work for Cera, providing at-home care under more than 100 contracts the firm holds with local authorities and NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

The company says it hopes people’s experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic, which may have included supporting vulnerable people in their neighbourhood, might have got them thinking about doing something similar on a daily basis as their job,

Where are the drop-in events and how do I reserve a place?

There are four drop-in events on 28 April, one in each of the boroughs where Cera is recruiting.

The Salford one takes place at Premier House on Union Street, the Bolton one is at 134 Chorley New Road, the Rochdale one is in Suite 4 on the first floor of Bluepit Mill and the Wigan one is at 90 Market Street in Hindley.

Cera’s website contains a form you can fill in to register interest for one of these events.

You can then turn up on the day and speak to representatives from the company about what the job entails and some of the rewards of being a care assistant.

What has been said about the recruitment drive?

Felix Wetzel, director of carer acquisition at Cera, said: “Over the past two years, the majority of us have experienced what it’s like to care for people outside of our families - from staying at home to protect the most vulnerable to checking in on an elderly neighbour or dropping off food for a friend in isolation.

“The feeling of caring and making a difference to the lives of others is incomparable.

“It doesn’t matter what stage of your career you’re at, if you’re reliable, empathetic and friendly, it’s time to consider joining the caring profession.”